VOCAL Monthly Meeting
Special Guest Speaker
Activist and Author
The May meeting at O'Tooles will be dedicated to discussing and exploring creativity. Our guest speaker is Noah Scalin .
Inspired by the enduring legacy of punk rock activism (and named with thumb placed firmly on the nose) Another Limited Rebellion was founded by Noah Scalin in 2001.
A graduate of the NYU Tisch School of The Arts, Noah is a lifelong activist (whose first protest marches were spent in a stroller and then on roller skates).
The former art director of independent movie studio Troma Entertainment and international clothing company Avirex, Noah used his experience with youth marketing and passion for grassroots activism to create his own ethically driven firm.
Noah’s work at ALR has gained international exposure in dozens of books and is frequently featured in design publications, including Graphic Design Magazine’s “Designing for The Greener Good” cover story October 2010. Noah also developed Design Rebels, a course on socially conscious design for Virginia Commonwealth University and founded a long running community supported agriculture group in Richmond, Virginia.
Noah is the author of 4 books on design/creativity:
SKULLS, a book based on his award-winning project Skull-A-Day, Lark Books 2008
365: A Daily Creativity Journal, Voyageur Press 2010
Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing, Voyageur Press 2011
The Design Activist’s Handbook co-authored with Michelle Taute, How Books 2012
Noah is also a sought after public speaker on creativity for audiences ranging from teenagers at The New York Public Library to designers working for the CIA.
Please come with your questions and experiences to add to the event.
VOCAL meetings will bring music to your ears and food for your creative soul. Come to the next one. You’ll see (and hear) what we mean.
- Fellowship and encouragement of other writers
- The chance to get your own craftsmanship to the “next level”
- The chance to discover how some of ‘the greats' do it
As a rule, these occur monthly, although the schedule can vary occasionally. The format is fluid, but includes on a regular basis:
- new song performance and feedback sessions
- dissections and deconstruction of great songs and songwriter techniques
- creative block-breaking mental exercises
- and other songwriting skills such as melody, modulation, harmony, storytelling, rhyming and rhythm.
Occasionally, there will be organizational business to attend to:
- planning participation in events around the state,
- special VOCAL banquets or parties, election of officers,
- and handling of financial chores
May 13, 2013
O'Toole's Restaurant & Pub
4800 Forest Hill Ave.
Richmond, VA 23225
Frankly, there’s only one place in the state where you can rely on hanging with the area’s most creative composers and lyricists every time you go: VOCAL meetings. These gatherings of VOCAL members offer a combination of
- and fellowship
VOCAL meetings can increase your passion for the work as it deepens your understanding of the craft.
- Russell Lawson