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Old Stories:New Works


Old Stories:New Works sets out to build pride and engagement in the community and share promote the benefits Fayette has to offer as a place to live and do business. We can't do it on our own, so we are partnering with the Fayette Chamber, the Bean Creek Valley History Center, and the Bull Thistle Fine Arts Festival. The Old Stories remind us of the rich and interesting history of our area.  With that inspiration, we will create some New Works that reflect who we are now and where our community is going.




YES - Youth Enrichment Series


Emerging Performers Workshop

Youth perform at the Bean Creek Coffee Houses and work with a mentor to improve performance skills. Youth completing this program are featured in the Bean Creek Coffee Houses and in the Bean Creek Christmas Program. Call the Opera House (419-237-2761 419-237-2761) and leave a message including name and phone number.


YES Program

An after school/Saturday program for ages 13-15.  They create oral histories of their family, learn leadership skills, and create and perform educational theater for elementary students. Participants learn communication skills, use technology to share what they learn, discover the history of Fayette and add a chapter or two to local history with stories from their family.  Theater skillls are learned and put to use as the YES kids create a play to teach elementary students and take their act on the road.

Bean Creek Valley History Center

The Bean Creek Valley History Center will be housed in a storefront on Main Street and operated by residents and friends of the Bean Creek Valley.  While its focus is on history, it will be collaborating with the Fayette Community Fine Arts Council and the Fayette Opera House on the development of stories and events that depict the history and traditions of this unique region of Ohio and Michigan.  This is a new board and a new project with a projected budget of $4,500 for FY 2013-14


   ~ Seasons' Rambles: inititiated 2013-14 season

   ~ The Steinem-Nyce Series: Civil Discussions and Civic Engagement (launched in the 2013-14 season)

   ~ The Oral History Project (currently in development)

   ~ Sentinel Project: A Civil War Cemetery Project



Premier Sprint 2018

A new play by Jan Younger, PhD, commissioned by the Arts Council to tell the story of Norma Ginnivan and the Ginnivan Tent Show.  Dr. Younger is the author of As Different as a Frog and a Grizzly, presented in May 2014.



The Defiance College ~ Heidelberg University ~ Muskingum University ~ Rio Grande University ~ Bean Creek Valley History Center ~ Fayette Community Fine Arts Council ~ Sienna Hieghts University ~ Ohio Humanities Council ~ Ohio Arts Council

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