Submitted by aynsleyv on Sat, 2008-06-07 09:30

One of our primary goals at Mount Tremper Arts is to foster dialogue between the performing and visual arts and between artists and audience members. Because of this, we want this site to be a place for discussion and reflection. We encourage you to share thoughts and questions in blog comments and also in your own original writings.

For each performance and lecture event at MTA we set aside one free ticket each for two people to come with the intention of writing about what they see and experience.  These people write a piece to be posted on this blog within 48 hours of the event. This writing is of your choosing and can take any form.  See past Audience Reviews here.

If you would like to reserve one of these “writing tickets” for any performance or lecture, contact Aynsley at These tickets will be filled first come, first served and are limited to one per household.

And if you are ever spur-of-the moment inspired to write something or draw or video in response to an MTA event, by all means contact us and we’ll put it up! Looking forward.

Guidelines for Writing Tickets
There is no one right way to experience a work of art.  Your individual experience and thoughts are invaluable!

  • We are not expecting any particular kind of response and want to hear your real thoughts (good, bad, confused, excited…) We ask only that you be fully engaged with your particular experience of the event.  We encourage you to ask questions of yourself and the artwork.  We’ve included some suggestions for ways to engage and questions to ask yourself. Feel free to use these suggestions, or not:

What do you see?
What do you hear?
What do you feel?  Where?
What images, memories, thoughts come to your mind?
What questions do you have about the work?
What questions does the work raise about your life?
What questions do you have for the artist?
What will you take away from this experience?

  • Your writing can be as short or as long as you please ( 200 – 500 words is about what we’re thinking–but you can choose to make it different.)
  • Your writing does not need to take any conventional form–feel free to experiment. (poems, drawings, videos)
  • Please include a 3 sentence biography of yourself at the end of your writing– this will help give readers a sense of the particular perspective you bring to the writing.
  • Email your writing to us within 48 hours of the event you attend.
  • Don’t worry about the writing!  Just let it flow.

And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.