Looking to be thrilled, chilled and fulfilled? The Alliance for the Arts’ presents an outdoor screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. on the GreenMarket lawn. The event features local shadow cast, The Forbidden Triffids, who will be onsite selling prop bags.

Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome for first come, first serve seating. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, complimentary popcorn provided by Hello SWFL (no coolers please).

This event is sponsored in part by Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery, Red Headed Witches and Hello SWFL.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Rated R – Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material.

Stormy Seas by Patrick Conolly

The Alliance for the Arts’ October exhibit, Your Best Shot, will feature the works of photographers. The opening celebration will be held on Oct. 6 from 5 – 7 p.m.  Meet exhibiting artists and juror Steve Chase during a conversational walk and talk through the gallery as they discuss their works on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. during SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl.

From 189 entries, 51 pieces were selected by the juror. Artists include:

Don Agnello
Penelope Breen
Mila Bridger
Larry Brophy
Shari Brownie
Susan Marie Carlo
Hilda Champion
Dennis Church
Patrick Conolly
Virgen Dominguez
Sharon Eng
Jeanna Foxall
Nancy Green
Marc Harris
Marilu Holmes
Del Holt
John Ippensen
Amy Kellum
Hilary Kobrin
Karen Lund
Lewesa Major
Penny Marcario
Christopher Matsumoto
Lisette Morales
Carol Murphy
Christiana Nelson
Dana Nicloy
Linda ONeill
Joyce Owens
Roy E. Rodriguez
Paula Rucket
David Sampson
Jonathan Sauer
Carol Schmidt
Joan Sonnenberg
Ginger Stein
Buu Truong
Jen Yontz-Orlando
Holly Zammerilla

This year’s juror is Steve Chase. Chase’s photography has been exhibited throughout the state and nationally. His films have been screened at festivals both nationally and internationally.

Admission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation helps keep arts programming accessible.


Join us for Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins, an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs! Florida Rep’s Education Director, Kody C Jones, stars in this one-man show.

Buyer & Cellar opens Oct. 6 through Oct. 14. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Thursday and Friday performances are buy one, get one half off using promo code IRMA. The production runs 90 minutes.

Buyer and Cellar is a hilarious fictional account of one man’s experience working in the basement shops of Barbra Streisand’s home. Alex More, a struggling actor in L.A. takes a job working in the Malibu basement of the beloved megastar. One day, making a rare appearance, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play.

Inspired by Barbra Streisand’s My Passion for Design, Buyer & Cellar is part truth, part fiction. The facts? Streisand has a shopping mall in the basement of her Malibu home, featuring a doll shop, an antique clothing store and a sweets shop, complete with a frozen yogurt machine, as detailed in her 2010 book. Jonathan Tolins takes the wackiness a step further as he imagines a man who is hired to work in the basement of the mall…with Babs as his only customer.


Artists in Florida and other areas affected by Hurricane Irma: find the support you need.

Resources provided by New York Foundation for the Arts

In times of recovery, arts and cultural practitioners play essential roles in their communities. That is one of the many reasons we strive to ensure artists are aware of the resources available to them, as they move forward in their own personal recovery. We’ve compiled emergency grants and other forms of assistance below.

A Wealth of Available Resources

Additional information on Current Disaster ResourcesEmergency GrantsLegal ResourcesPublic Assistance, and more can be found on NYFA Source, an online arts database with over 12,000 resources and opportunities for artists in all disciplines. Artists can also call the NYFA Source Hotline at (800) 232-2789, from Monday – Friday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST or email source@nyfa.org.

Lend a Helping Hand

As you decide how to contribute to Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in the Caribbean, Florida, and elsewhere, we recommend taking a look at these Guidelines for Giving from the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). The response to Hurricane Harvey was proof of the resilience of the arts and culture community, so we also recommend revisiting this post to see how you can contribute to artists whose lives have been disrupted due to Hurricane Irma.

Arts and Culture Specific Resources

Check this post in the coming days and weeks for updates and added resources as the recovery process continues.

  • Actors Fund of America Emergency Assistance: For all performing artists and those working in entertainment. Eligible individuals can apply online for assistance, and individuals affected by Hurricane Irma can also contact the New York City office, at (212) 221-7300, ext. 119 or intakeny@actorsfund.org.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Funds for Individual Artists: The fund disburses mini-grants of up to $1,000 to artists who have already been accepted and scheduled for a residency, but who would not otherwise be able to participate due to a sudden change in circumstances. The Alliance also serves artists affected by natural disasters by mobilizing its network of residency programs to offer residencies to eligible artists. This process is activated as-needed, and will be announced by the Alliance online, through CERF+, and throughout its network.
  • Artists’ Charitable Fund: Artists who need financial assistance because of medical, fire, or other disaster should email Fund Coordinator Judy Archibald at cnynsprt@aol.com or call her at (970) 577-0509.
  • Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. Financial Assistance: Provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement, or unexpected extreme hardship.
  • Authors League Fund: Provides assistance to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation Financial Assistance Program: Assists with specific unforeseen emergency financial needs of a bookstore employee and their immediate family members living in the same household.
  • Carnegie Fund for Authors: Awards grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance.
  • CERF+ Emergency Financial Relief: Provides financial assistance for eligible artists who work in craft disciplines, and tips for safety and studio protection for artists of all disciplines.
  • Change, Inc: Provides one-time grants up to $1000 to artists of any discipline who are facing financial emergencies due to theft, eviction, disaster, health issues, etc. Applicants must provide evidence of established professional status; get full application information by calling (212) 473-3742.
  • Dramatists Guild Fund Kesselring Emergency Grant:Awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists, and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship.
  • Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC): The free Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel Mobile App is designed for anyone in need of practical advice for saving collections or items in the first 48 hours after a disaster. Additionally, the National Heritage Responders Hotline can be reached 24/7 at (202) 661-8068 for conservation advice and referrals.
  • Hero Initiative Grants: Provides assistance for eligible comic book writers, pencilers, inkers, colorists, or letterers on a work-for-hire basis.
  • Jazz Foundation of America Jazz Musicians Housing and Emergency Assistance Program: Provides a wide range of social services for jazz musicians.
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant: Emergency support to artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing after natural or manmade disasters.
  • Motion Picture and Television Fund: Provides temporary emergency financial assistance to qualified industry members experiencing financial hardship due to illness, disability, unemployment, or other reasons.
  • Musicians Foundation Support: Gives grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies. All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, are eligible to apply.
  • PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund: Provides emergency funding for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis.
  • Pioneers Assistance Fund (PAF): Serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution, and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury, or life-changing event. All assistance is intended to provide support during a recovery or adjustment period and lay the foundation for a lifetime of ongoing success.
  • Rhythm & Blues Foundation Financial Assistance: Provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970´s, as well as a support system to help identify other sources of assistance.
  • The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant: Provides interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
  • The Haven Foundation: Gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers, and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.

To find more resources and opportunities, use NYFA Source, a free searchable database of 12,000+ awards, residencies, and services.

– Mirielle Clifford, Program Officer, Online Resources

Dear Alliance members and friends,

The Alliance for the Arts continues to monitor the forecast track of Hurricane Irma, which is currently a Category 5 hurricane. We are preparing for possible severe weather conditions, currently anticipated to begin as early as late Friday and to remain in effect throughout this weekend.

The Alliance offices will be closed Friday, Sept 8th through Monday, Sept 11th. All programming including SoCo Second Saturday, the GreenMarket, youth theatre rehearsals, classes and the Fired Up exhibit will be postponed or canceled. At this time we do not know when our facility will re-open. Please check our social media channels and website for additional updates.

Attached are a few resources for artists and arts organizations. Please continue to be vigilant in monitoring storm updates National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center:

Thank you for being a part of the Alliance family. I wish your family safety and security during this uncertain time.


Lydia Antunes Black
Executive Director