Immersive Art & Poetry Overnight Experience

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  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 shared bath
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Live inside a poem for a day and spend the night in an art installation: Stanza in Blue: ​Caol Áit

Discover each line of "Design" by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, stroll downstairs to peruse an art gallery with works by accomplished artists and gather inspiration or pen a poem of your own in the evolving creative space that is ArtHouse6. Message us about catered Stanza in Blue meals from a popular café and other special arrangements—or get all the dreamy details at stanzainblue.org.

The space
Live inside a poem for a day and spend the night in a permanent art installation by the artist Asa Ana. The poetry-themed installation, Stanza in Blue: Caol Áit, is a room inside ArtHouse6, an art residency program and gallery located in historic Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA.

Can you find the clues?

To transform a traditional bedroom into a living poem, the artist designed, sculpted, and painted ephemera, art, and other collectibles to express the lines of the poem “Design” by Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States. Each stanza has a representation inside the room, which is painted—floor to ceiling—an ethereal blue, giving the sensation of floating or walking in the sky. The experience aims to allow viewers to experience a “thin place,” what Scottish/Irish folklore call in Gaelic “Caol Áit.” The folklore considers “thin places” as spaces where the veil between heaven and earth seems to grow translucent, even permeable. In Italian “stanza” means “room.” The artist lived in the room while he built the installation, allowing himself to live inside a poem. Visitors are challenged to find each stanza’s representation inside the room and seek the elevated sensation of their own "thin place."

The room hosts one full bed and is situated inside Arthouse6, a collection of private studio spaces for painters, chefs and candle makers. Your visit will include access to the amenities inside Arthouse, including a kitchen and dining space; free Wi-Fi; and a study filled with poetry and books about art. As our guest, you'll have access to the Tuscan Tasting Room, a painting-accentuated dining room, and Off the Rails Gallery on the first floor. Special dinner and catering options are available (Please message us for delicious details if you are interested).

As a larger interactive experience, we ask visitors to write a stanza of their choosing and drop it in the laundry shoot outside the Blue room hallway where it will end up in a large scale art experience for the public to see.

About the Artist:

Asa Ana is an interdisciplinary artist who creates artistic interventions that reimagines community behavior. He has exhibited and curated artspace 101, 103, and 202 – a series of popup galleries in Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Ana curated social practice artworks in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA and completed a cross-cultural public art project at Villa Flores, working in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to build artistic and creative experiences to make the Fourth District of the city neighborhood safer.

Ana exhibited at Gallery 13, Wicker Park, Chicago, Il., U.S.A. and in various group shows – with his first solo exhibition at PRISM, a former gallery in the Garfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. His earlier artistic programming work launched art events called “FLUX” throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods with the art collective GroundZero Action Network. The work is archived in the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh. Ana is an advocate and researcher identifying public spaces for artists to perform or present their work. He managed an all-volunteer collective of street performers, supported by the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, Honorable Bill Peduto. He wrote legislation to make street performance legal in Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA. He has a permanent public art sculpture on the grounds of Carnegie Library of Homestead in Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

He has been recognized with the New Person Award by the Thomas Merton Center, which honors activist artists who use art to address political and social change. He was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40” for the arts by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project. Ana has been recognized by the United States Congress and the House of Representatives, including the Pennsylvania State Senate, for his artistic programming work in the Monongahela Valley in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Ana is a PhD student studying how art and creativity activates Post-industrial communities.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States

The offerings of Johnstown's historic downtown are just paces from the front door—and you can spot the city's storied Inclined Plane from the comfort of your room! Art, dining, outdoor recreation, and entertainment abound (but please double check with an establishment about current COVID-19 precautions). The Cambria City Historic District is also a short walk away.

To find out more about things to do, visit: visitjohnstownpa.com

For information about museums, walking tours, and more, visit: jaha.org

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