This project was created by New Paltz artist Jing Shuai, in cooperation with Roost Studios and Art Gallery.  Special thanks to program assistant Emre Arapkirli, who assisted in the grant writing process, and to Twin Star Farm, the Elting Memorial Library, the Town of New Paltz, and the New Paltz Community Center, which are offering venues for both the workshops and the performances.

Project Title: Fan Your Talents

Project Director: Jing Shuai


Phone Number: 845-214-8579


FaceBook Page: FanYourTalents

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

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Come enjoy the unique environments of the performances both outdoor, indoor and family friendly!

Project Description:The theme of this project is to provide an opportunity for everyone, children and adults of all ages, to collaborate in this creative process, to “Fan Your Talents”!  It is Jing’s hope that this will become a yearly tradition bringing all generations together to work in harmony.

These workshops will be open to all ages, families, students and groups of friends, who are passionate about art in any form.   Jing will provide an overview of how the ancient artists displayed their art on traditional Chinese fans.  This is an ancient tradition made modern.  The participants will collaborate to create the art fans that will be presented in one of the three performances.  One performance will be outdoors at the Twin Star Farms.  The other will take place at the New Paltz Community Center.  There may be a third performance held at the New Paltz Elting Library.  In addition, fans will be showcased at the library for participants who wish to display their fans.

Jing will assist the participants in preparing a solo or group performance that will showcase their poetry, calligraphy, paintings or other art forms created on the fans.  These fans will be displayed through various performance styles such as, singing, dancing, story telling, poetry reading through group or solo performances.

Prior registration is required.   The first 20 to register for each workshop will receive a free small fan to use for their art.   For those who are interested, rice paper and larger fans are available for purchase at the Roost Studio (priced between $1 to $25).  The workshops are free for participants who will create the art fans that will be presented in a performance by the participants, or their families or friends.  The performance training workshops and rehearsals are free for all of the performance participants.

To encourage people to be participants in the performance, a traditional large Chinese fan will be given to each of the first 30 people who have completed the rehearsals, and the performance.   

This program also provides 10 grants for youths, who will be chosen by a few community organizations.  These grants include free admission into the program and free materials.

This is a community oriented activity for friends and family. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer.  We welcome any help or donations.