Spring Programming Schedule for the Dairy Barn Arts Center

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This spring the Dairy Barn Arts Center has a number of exciting events planned for the community. Check them out below, and get more information by visiting

Spoken & Heard w/ Maggie Smith
Thursday, March 15
6 p.m.  to 8 p.m.
The Dairy Barn Arts Center is pleased to announce its spring poetry series “Spoken & Heard, Poetry of Departure and Relevance,” hosted by newly appointed Athens Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour. For those spending spring break in Athens, the first in the series of four monthly events will be held Thursday evening, March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Dairy Barn Gallery and will feature nationally renowned poet Maggie Smith.

Smith’s poems have appeared in many national and international journals and anthologies. Her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by the BBC/Public Radio International. In April 2017 “Good Bones” was featured on the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary, and to date the poem has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.

Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among others.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Fall 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks.

Linda Gregerson, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets says, “Maggie Smith’s are poems of transformation: haunting, gorgeous, intimately unsettling. I cannot remember when I last read a book to match her powers of delight.”

Opening poet will be Athens’ own Deni Naffziger, who is the author of three chapbooks (SpoonRiver Quarterly, Crazy River, and Pikeville Review) and one book of poems, Desire to Stay (Stockport Flats Press, 2014). For seventeen years, she edited Riverwind literary magazine. A number of her poems have been published in journals such as The Pikeville Review, The New Ohio Review, and Yarn.
The Spoken & Heard series will host poets from all over Ohio each move through June. Each event will feature an Athens poet as an opener for the main poet.
Check out the Facebook event here

Spring Swarm
Saturday, March 24
Come enjoy a sunset hike, dance to the Wild Honeybees and support two local non-profits! We’ll have door prizes, raffle baskets, local food trucks parked outside and a cash bar. All proceeds will benefit The Dairy Barn Arts Center and Upgrade Athens.
Sunset hike begins at 6:45 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Wild Honeybees play at 8 p.m.
Tickets only available online here
Facebook event information here

Dairy Barn Fest
Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7
A spring celebration featuring artists from around the region selling handcrafted goods. Free Admission!
Friday, April 6: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. – 
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
Saturday, April 7: 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 
kids activities 1 -3pm, local food trucks all day
Facebook event here.

Art Auction
Saturday, April 14
Join us as we celebrate 40 years as an organization!
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Live auction at 8 p.m.
Silent Auction • Music • Desserts
Cash Bar • Decade-Themed Hors D’ouvres
Dress for your favorite decade and email your favorite song from the past 40 years to!
Tickets available online now here.
Facebook event information here.