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Wayne-O-Rama is now closed! It was open from Nov. 19, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017. Designed by Emmy-winning artist Wayne White, it's a funhouse of Chattanooga history for all ages. Wayne-O-Rama is sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. and presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space, with generous support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation.


Founded in 1986, the Shaking Ray Levi Society is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization.

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The mission of the Shaking Ray Levi Society is to nurture and support music, film, and performance art that is challenging, non-traditional, and falls outside the mainstream, in order to help nourish the cultural growth of Chattanooga.

This is done by sponsoring shows by artists recognized on a national and international level, supporting original work by area musicians and filmmakers, and engaging the community through workshops and educational outreach programs.

"Only in our country are our children not receiving the benefits of the dynamic energies taking place in our culture and in the heritage of our culture and so, the work of the Shaking Ray Levi Society in my opinion is very important because they are seeking to provide an alternative to the marketplace dynamics." - composer, saxophonist and MacArthur fellowship recipient Anthony Braxton (video)

"SRLS is a very sound organization that has made a strong contribution to Chattanooga over the years" - Dr. Thomas Wolf, WolfBrown



The SRLS is a funded agency of ArtsBuild

 

PROJECTS:

The Shaking Ray Levi Society (SRLS) is probably best known in Chattanooga for its ongoing series of live musical performances, film screenings, and Arts events. But throughout its twenty-year history, SRLS has focused equally upon providing support for a variety of community-based Arts initiatives, including support for the production of new work by both emerging and established artists, as well as educational programs in local schools and other public settings.

OUTREACH:

The Shaking Ray Levi Society (SRLS), as part of its mission to serve the Chattanooga, TN community by supporting, producing, and presenting diverse genres of music and cinema, is dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to underserved members of the community at large. For many years the SRLS has brought hands-on experience in the discipline, art, and practice of musical communication to area schools and educational venues of all varieties.

Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner, two of the SRLS' founding members, have impacted the lives of countless children through their interactive methods of musical pedagogy.

Jarrod Whaley, a Chattanooga filmmaker and active SRLS member, has taught video production workshops for four years in numerous Chattanooga schools, for many Summer camp programs, and in many other public arenas.

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RECORDINGS:

The Shaking Ray Levi Society supports not only its own performing wing--The Shaking Ray Levis--it is involved in producing an documenting the work of other improvisers and creators, as well. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the Society's own production company, Shaking Ray Records, which can be contacted at (423) 267-6688; or PO Box 21534, Chattanooga, TN 37424-0534. Contact Us for more information.

See the discography for a complete listing of Shaking Ray Records' recordings.

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FILM / VIDEO PRODUCTIONS:

Since the expansion of its Mission in 2004 to include a focus on supporting cinematic in addition to musical work (and the artists working in these disciplines), SRLS has co-produced a number of moving-image projects. The production of new cinematic work brings with it a particular set of financial demands. Many of the financial and fundraising difficulties arising in these situations can be somewhat mitigated with the help of an incorporated non-profit such as SRLS.

SRLS provides administrative (and sometimes financial) support for a number of film / video productions each year. The model that has been established is one of co-production, in which SRLS assists filmmakers on an administartive level (in something like the role of an executive producer).

Recent projects that SRLS has collaborated upon include:

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INTERNSHIPS:

SRLS occasionally provides internship opportunities for Chattanooga students. Usually these internships occur in connection with the production of specific projects, and thus occur at irregular and somewhat unpredictable intervals. However, SRLS interns have occasionally served in conjuction with some of the more administrative functions of the Society.

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