The Poster Competition aims at promoting cultural, global, and artistic competition among students from Mass College of Art & Design's Illustration Department. It is a unique opportunity to brings students from different social backgrounds to compete for the 8th annual AIFF Award.
- A reception will be held on Friday, April 26th at the Arlington Friends of the Drama whereupon Arlington International Film Festival's (AIFF) organizers will celebrate the 8th annual Poster Competition. AIFF is more than a film festival …it is a celebration of the arts as this special evening promises. The reception will celebrate several art forms from an exhibition of all poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance, and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. We will also host a discussion with Adria Arch, the Co-Chair of the Commission for Arts & Culture in Arlington on the challenges of promoting the arts in 2018. The evening will conclude with the winning poster being unveiled and the artist awarded a cash prize of $500.
The reception will kick-off this year’s international film festival, scheduled to be held
November 1 – 4, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre.
With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts was the Poster Contest. This is the second year that the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art & Design. It has been a successful partnership where junior and senior level students have had the opportunity to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them in launching their careers.
Professor Robert Maloney is a Massachusetts native with a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our man-made, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory. His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media, Art Revolution and Artscope Magazine. Maloney’s work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections with his exhibitions, commissions and publications being numerous.
We will celebrate Music, Dance, Storytelling and Poetry with the following professionals:
MUSIC - The N&P Colombian Duo is string harpist Nicolas Castaneda Lozano and violinist Pilar Zorro Pilar Zorro, both native Colombians. They set out to translate Colombian traditional music through nontraditional instrumentation, violin, and Colombian harp. With the use of contemporary instrumental techniques for these instruments, their goal is to expose Colombian music in a new and exciting way and share it worldwide.
Nicolas Castañeda Lozano is an outstanding llanera harp performer from Colombia who has received numerous awards as a solo harpist and composer. He currently resides in Boston after coming to the city to attend Berklee where he majored in jazz composition. His music is based on the creation of new sounds, mixing Colombian traditional rhythms with contemporary music styles as heard on his album " HYPERLINK "https://nicolascastaneda.bandcamp.com/" HYPERLINK "https://nicolascastaneda.bandcamp.com/"
Pilar Zorro is a classically trained violinist from Bogotá, Colombia. She came to Boston to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory where she explored many styles of music. In 2015, Pilar was one of five violinists who participated in a Journeys in Sound 2016 violin workshop called "Bow & Strings; The World of Violin" which featured fellow violinists from Jordan, South Africa, and the US. In 2015 she put together Kontra Quartet, noted as diverse and musically intoxicating. In addition to performing, Pilar is a music educator; she has been part of many Orchestra Programs such as the Boston Latin School, where the importance of guiding youth to create art through music is one of her main goals.
DANCE - Siwen Dance Group presents "Dream" featuring artists Siwen Jiang, Yidan Chang, Siyuan Yin, Yifan Wu, Yutong Wei, Xinlu Zhang, Wenjing Ding, and Siyu.
Siwen Jiang is an international artist, choreographer and dance teacher. Her choreography is enriched and inspired by different cultural environments and dance materials. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Tianjin Normal University and continued her study in the Master of Fine Arts program at the College at Brockport: The State University of New York.
In 2009 she joined the International Dance Competition as a guest artist, her choreography “Peacock” and modern dance “Untitled” separately received the first champion of dance performance award and second champion of choreography award. In 2013, her choreography, titled “Shall We Talk”, was performed on the New York stage and received many positive responses from the audiences. In 2014, she worked as an organizer, teaching assistant, and translator in American Dance Festival in China. She also organized a project for the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic relations and participated in its final performance in New York City. In 2005, her choreography “Sacrifice for Paradise” was selected by Brockport Alumni Dance Showcase, and was performed at the Dixon Theater Place in Manhattan. This performance was reviewed by China Press and the English Channel of Sino TV.
POETRY - Cathie Desjardins
Cathie Desjardins is a lifelong educator who has taught writing and reading to all ages from kindergarten through grad school. She is the author of a book of poems, With Child, and is working on her second book, The Muse in the Garden. She is currently Poet Laureate of Arlington MA.
STORYTELLING - Cheryl Hamilton
Cheryl Hamilton, a resident of Medford, serves as Director of Partner Engagement at the International Institute of New England. In 2015, Cheryl became a co-coordinator for Massmouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. In her role, Cheryl is responsible for curating the national television show 'Stories from the Stage' in partnership with WGBH and World Channel. She also created and curated the popular 'Suitcase Stories' series honoring refugees and immigrants.
Since graduating from Clark University, Cheryl has devoted her career to advancing refugee protection and immigrant integration, and more recently communications and storytelling. Prior to joining IINE, she served as Associate Director for External Relations at RefugePoint, National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks (now Higher Advantage), and Director of the New Migration Project at the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Maine. She documented this experience in her one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors. A relentless storyteller, Cheryl routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including on The Moth MainStage, Soundbites, The Corner, and with Massmouth. #AIFFWINNER2018