WelcomeThe RiffRaff Arts Collective, a cooperative and interdisciplinary group of performing, visual, literary and healing artists, is based in a multi-purpose creative zone in downtown Princeton, WV. 3 buildings house 2 live performance venues, a state of the art recording studio, 6 artist studios, a music school with nearly 200 students, and a fine art gallery, and expansion is on the horizon. Several creative entities make up the collective: The Room Upstairs, a beautifully restored turn of the century ballroom, plays host to weekly music gatherings, experimental theatre, workshops, art shows, and more. LLyniuM entertainment produces annual events like Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival and All Together Arts Week to inspire unity and provide enriching experiences. Stages Music School provides music instruction with an emphasis on fostering a love and appreciation for the arts. Audible Art Studios offers multitrack recording, mastering, and more. The "Studios on Two" area is home to 5 newly remodeled studio spaces and a spacious gathering area. The RiffRaff Gallery Co-Op includes 11 working artists and several more that show their work. The Turnaround Concert & Gathering Hall hosts special events and is available for rental. Core artists live and work in and around the downtown space and offer a wide range of services from graphic design to custom photography to music instrument repair. Located in downtown Princeton, WV, the collective has pumped soul into neglected turn of the century structures, and is breathing life into a once depressed downtown area. With new businesses sprouting up all over Mercer Street, there is hope for a bright and prosperous renaissance in this small WV town.
What's UP With The RiffRaff
CLICK HERE for a great story about The RiffRaff recently featured in WV Living Magazine.
Princeton Renaissance Project
Something very exciting is currently happening on Mercer Street. After years of energy sparks, a synergy has taken hold, and The RiffRaff now team with The City of Princeton, Community Connections, Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Times, ETB Architects, WV Community Development Hub and more for Princeton Renaissance Project. While PRP is a multi-dimensional effort, one of the most exciting aspects is the acquisition of the old Royal/Lavon theater, newly christened "The Renaissance Theater," just a few doors down from The RiffRaff. Fundraising is on-going, and renovations are underway to restore the theater to its former glory. It will house movies, music and more. Find out more here:
Mural Projects!The RiffRaff is organizing and facilitating multiple mural projects in downtown Princeton in cooperation with The Princeton Renaissance Project.
Artists' Alley, a 22 mural project involving a multitude of artists, is sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, as a result of The RiffRaff's presence at the Americans For the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh last spring. Sherwin Williams donated the prep materials. CLICK HERE For a Link To a Full Album.
Several large professional murals are in the works:
Pictured above are Jeff Pierson's portrait of Blind Alfred Reed and Rob Cleland's joyful celebration of life.
STAY TUNED as these walls are completed this spring!
All Together Arts Week
All Together Arts Week Paints the Town!
May 17-24 will mark the sixth annual county wide celebration of the arts and community. The week will begin with a circle talk for networking among creative people in and around our area, and will conclude with an unforgettable grand finale day complete with which Art Alive in the Streets, music, merriment and the 6th Annual All Together Arts Parade. The rest of the week will be filled with events at various venues all across Mercer County, WV. Stay tuned for more about All Together Arts Week, which The RiffRaff created to bring people together in creativity.
Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival
September 4-7 will mark the 11th annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival at The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV. We pour our hearts & souls into the event which features two stages full of music and dance performances, workshops, a children's village, healing arts, artisan vendors, drum circles, a parade, an after hours cabaret, camping and more. Presented by LLyniuM entertainment, the core of The RiffRaff Arts Collective, the event is a weekend long immersion in the creative arts and has been called "an inspired, forward thinking diversion from the norm." The goal of the festival is to celebrate diversity and promote unity. The event has become an annual convergence of creative minds from Southern WV and has been referred to as "a creative oasis."
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Audible Art Studios Releases!
Two album releases have come from Audible Art Studios in The Room Upstairs recently. Option 22's newest album, "The Change," and Adam Cox's first release, "Free and Independent State" are now available. Both albums were recorded, mixed and mastered here.
The Change is composed of 11 original songs ranging in style from Americana to Funk to New Age to World Rock with messages about life, love and the need for change on the planet. Visit option22.net to order a copy and find out more about Option 22, part of the core of The RiffRaff. Adam Cox's album features 14 original tunes rooted in family lore, personal experiences, and his love for this WV land. Find and buy his music at adamcoxmusic.com.
Out & AboutLori gave the keynote address at the Founders Day celebration at Concord University in February. She spoke of the evolution of The RiffRaff's work downtown, the current state and future visions of it as it interweaves and accelerates through Princeton Renaissance Project. She and Option 22 have also been featured at conferences with their program "Create Your State," which tells the story through a multi-media performance presentation. They are available for booking and driven to share their story and insight.
The RiffRaff was honored to be featured on a panel discussion for the Americans For the Arts Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA in June 2013. The discussion was about the benefits of cultural districts.Currently The RiffRaff are involved in neighborhood development such as an 8 wall mural project and Blueprint Communities, cooperating with The City of Princeton and Community Connections to beautify downtown.
Students at Stages Music School have been performing in Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Boston and around WV, making music videos and changing the world! CLICK HERE to keep up with their constant stream of activity. Stages is currently eying expansion with an after-school program which will ultimately include instruction in recording and other music technology. Stay tuned for updates!
A Look Inside The RiffRaff
This is a documentary about The RiffRaff by OurMountainState.org made in 2009. For the complete version of the story with captions, please link to this fantastic community development portal for the great state of West Virginia.