WHAT WE DO
The Forwardian Arts Society has been very fortunate throughout the years since it first began. We have participated in a number of events as well as presenting a number of them ourselves. What we presented was done so with little funding which proved to us that we don’t need a lot of money to do good things. In fact, sometimes we were able to do more without money than we did if we had it. One of those strange but true things.
Anyways, here is a list of some of the things we accomplished. We didn’t do everything we wanted to do. Nor do we expect to do everything we want to do. But, we have and will always do everything we are meant to do.
The Forwardian Arts Festivals began with a block party we put together in 2010 known as Artsmash of the Poconos in Stroudsburg, PA and presented a wide variety of music, art, poetry, and opportunities to sell creative endeavors. The festivals continued for several more years and were held in various venues in various locations. Some were large while some were much more modest in size and attendance, but there was always a lot of fun for everyone who experienced them.
One of these festivals was The Forwardian Film Festival which we began presenting films from local filmmakers but soon opened participation up to become an international festival. Our first festival was in 2011 and held in a coffeehouse in Stroudsburg, PA. The experience encouraged us to do more as we evolved to the point of receiving the 2016 Monroe County Image Award for our endeavors. We presented the festival in numerous venues which included spatial opportunities to hold Art Exhibitions with a theme related to the festival. We’ve recently added a subsequent series of events known as The Forwardian Film Bestival which is designed to showcase the award winning films in several venues outside the main film festival.
Our goals for 2021 and beyond is to return to the Artsmash design and transform it into one large annual festival that would include even more artistic disciplines such as the theatrical and dance arts. We also would like to expand The Forwardian Film Festival further by holding a second event that would focus on the work of local filmmakers. We are planning to create another page to this website with more information about our goals as they become more real along with information on how you can participate soom.
During the 1990s PFE (Pre Forwardian Era), we published a magazine called, “The Forward Papers.” It folded. In 2011, we were introduced to an opportunity to create a new literary and art magazine called, “Forwardian.” Through the magazine, we held competitive Exhibitions in several galleries and art spaces to determine which images would appear on the front and back covers of the publication. Its continued success inspired us to create “The Forwardian Gazette” as the previous publication didn’t include a listing of future events happening in the creative community. This was well received as well.
Our goal for 2021 is to combine the two publications into one magazine called, “The Forwardian Arts Society Magazine.” We are planning to present Poetry, Short Stories, Novels (in Series), and Images (paintings and photographs) along with art related Articles, Columns, and Reviews. And, of course, a listing of all the art related events for our readers to look forward to attending. There is a great deal of information about the magazine on our The Forwardian Arts Society Magazine page in this website which includes submission guidelines, managerial positions that are open, and a production schedule.
In addition to the Art Exhibitions we presented in relation to our film festival and magazine, The Forwardian Arts Society has presented a number of stand alone art and photography exhibitions in various venues including the gallery we currently have on Facebook titled, “La Galerie De Forwardian.” We’ll be announcing our January Exhibition soon and we invite you to participate. Our goal is to acquire a permanent physical gallery of our own.
As you can see, we have done a lot throughout the years and we look forward to discovering what we can do during 2021 and beyond. We don’t know what they are but we know they’ll be wonderful. Especially if you’re part of it. We, obviously, like our ideas enough to transform them into goals. But, we would love to learn of and from our ideas as we know they’ll be even better than ours and they’ll become something even more wonderful. Your loving and thoughtful participation can begin by liking The Forwardian Arts Society on Facebook where we’ll be announcing our next Exploratory Gatherings (Brainstorming Sessions) where their thoughts and dreams can mingle and flourish freely with other art lovers. We’ll be announcing our January Exhibition soon and we invite you to participate.
Please email The Forwardian Arts Society for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. We’ll keep a good thought for you until then.