The Cultural Center in New York Mills presents our first "Visiting Artist Pop-Up Concert" with Noa Fort on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Fort is a musician from New York who is spending two weeks at the Arts Retreat House in New York Mills as part of the Cultural Center's artist residency program. She has offered to play a solo concert for community members during her residency as a way to express her appreciation of the program and connect with local residents. Israeli-born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds Fort was recently regarded as "one of New York's more interesting and original artists" (New York Music Daily). She draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing and free improvisation into her original music. Since her arrival in New York in 2013, she has played in numerous venues and has collaborated and played with greats such as William Parker, Okkyung Lee, Rene Hart and Anat Fort. She recently participated in the Banff Jazz and Creative music workshop under the leadership of Vijay Iyer. Fort also holds an MA in music therapy from NYU; she uses music in her work with youth at risk, adults with developmental disabilities and people who suffer from mental illnesses and believes in the power of music to heal. When the Cultural Center was founded, its name was "The New York Mills Arts Retreat." The artist retreat and residency program remains central to the mission, purpose, values, and vision of the Center today. This new "Visiting Artist Pop-Up Series" will feature visiting artists of all disciplines offering various outreach opportunities such as concerts, workshops, readings, and more, often on rather short notice, as residencies typically last just 2-6 weeks. All are welcome to this free live music event. A freewill donation will be collected to help support the Cultural Center's Arts Retreat residency program. Questions? Call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit us online at kulcher.org.