The mission of Uncommon Grounds Cafe's Art department is to provide artists of all skill levels and stages of maturity with opportunities for community, exploration, and expression. We desire to help develop vision and structure for art-making within community, to foster creativity in all aspects of the café ministry, and to help Uncommon Grounds Cafe to be a gracious, subversive, and transforming presence in the city of Aliquippa.
Loving the Whole Community: our goal is to see everyone who comes into Uncommon Grounds grow together, learn together, and make and experience great art together.
The Opportunity and Discipline of Making Art: We desire to provide people of all ages, and experience, with opportunities to experiment in diverse settings and in a variety of media. We invite artists to take healthy risks, to develop and to express their art in a safeenvironment.
Participating in the Arts Community of Aliquippa, Beaver County, and Pittsburgh: our goal is to venture with courage and skill into the city with works of art that are hopeful, subversive, allusive, challenging, and compelling; that invite people into a new way of living; that challenge what is really real.
The need for Life-Long Learning: our goal is to have clear, careful, and creative thinking about art and its relation to God, ourselves, the community, and our life in the world at large.
We're looking for writers at the cafe! We have opportunities for:
Poets and spoken-word artists to read their stuff at the Thursday Night Open Mic night.
Writers to join a Writer's Workshop Group on Wednesday Night, 7:30-8:30.
Reporters and Writers to write articles for a Cafe newsletter.
Song-lyric writers to create songs that be set to music and performed at the Cafe.
Material for an "Old Time Radio" show at the Cafe in January.
Skits for future production.
Writing for special events like the Stations of The Cross service in April.
Do you want to write? Do you know English, more or less? Then you can be a writer at the Cafe! Old or young, it doesn't matter to us. Typing skills and a computer are not necessary, nor is a talent for spelling. If you want to write, contact Cafe Writer In Residence Scott Colburn at 724-375-6141 or 724-506-3357. And if you'd like to teach or mentor another writer, that would be great too.