Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards grant to Orange City Arts

ORANGE CITY— Three nationally-recognized ensembles — Cantus, Kevin Kling and Mermaid Theatre — will perform in Orange City in February and March. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Arts Council recently announced a grant award to the Orange City Arts Council to support the project.

Orange City Arts is adding several local activities to increase the impact of the performances.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grants are being awarded to 22 artists and organizations in 15 Iowa communities.

cantus-press-photo-1-largeCantus, acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the U.S.” (Fanfare), will perform their show, “No Greater Love Than This” on Feb. 18 at the Northwestern College Chapel. The show explores music through the eyes of a soldier, focusing on emotions of war: peace, camaraderie, selflessness, honor, loss.

Students from Northwestern College, Unity Christian High and Sioux Center High will join Cantus in performing Biebl’s Ave Maria. Area veterans and their spouses will receive complimentary tickets to the concert. Assisting in the sponsorship are Northwestern College, De Jong Oil, the American Legion of Orange City and the Staples Foundation: $2million & change.

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. “A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his voice inhabits an unusual space — where a homegrown Minnesota wit meets Dante and Shakespeare,” said Krista Tippet of NPR’s On Being. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. “He shares his special angle on life’s humor and its ruptures — and why we turn loss into story.”kevin-kling-strawhat

Kling’s storytelling will be featured Feb. 24 at Trinity Reformed Church, and he’ll do a workshop on crafting stories at Old Factory the morning of Feb. 25. In early February, Jim Schaap will do storytelling workshops focusing on Kling’s work, in high school English classes and at public libraries. Assisting in the sponsorship is Northwestern College.

Mermaid Theatre, of Nova Scotia, uses innovate puppetry, striking scenic effects and original music to present storybook favorites by Eric Carle on March 20 at the Unity Knight Center. “It’s a visual feast for viewers of any age.” (Santa Barbara New Press)

mermaid-theatre-very-hungry-caterpillar-th-vhc-orangesThe Orange City Public Library is collaborating by featuring Carle stories during Monday storytimes, with complimentary tickets given to loyal storytime children. Several local art teachers will feature units on Carle-style collage, with an exhibit held prior to the Mermaid Theatre program. A puppetry workshop will be held March 20 for Spalding 7th and 8th grade students, and Lisa Laird will teach a puppetry class featuring fluorescent puppets and black lights. Pockets Full of Fun and the Staples Foundation are assisting with the sponsorship.

The three shows are part of Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series. Advance tickets ($15 adult, $10 student) are available online at orangecityarts.net. Tickets are $18 and $12 at the door.

For additional information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

The Orange City Arts grant is an art project grant of $10,000. Administered by the Iowa Arts Council, art project grants are funded through the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.iowa-arts-council-dca-logo-2016-b

“We are committed to investing in nea-logo 2016organizations and projects that cultivate creativity, foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities across the state,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matt Harris said. “I congratulate our grantees and encourage Iowans to participate in and support the arts in Iowa.”

Orange City Arts receives grant from Arts Midwest for ArtRageous

ORANGE CITY — ArtRageous is coming to Orange City, with the assistance of Arts Midwest Touring Fund.

It’s an interactive arts and music extravaganza, recommended by CBS: “Go see this show!”

Harrison Ford loves ArtRageous too: “You’re the best!”

Date is Thursday, Oct. 27. Place is the Northwestern College Chapel. Time: 7:00pm.

The Artrageous troupe of a dozen artists, musiciocarts-slide-artragous-1500x430ans, singers and dancers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres, culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

In fact, Orange City Arts has already sold tickets to someone who will drive over three hours to the show, said OC Arts director Janine Calsbeek. Megan Wassom of Mason City is bringing her 12-year-old sister. ArtRageous reminds Wassom of the Blue Man Group, she said.

ArtRageous wowed the board members of Orange City Arts, said Calsbeek, and Arts Midwest Touring Fund caught the vision too.

artrageous-cast-8818-mediumOrange City Arts has been selected to receive a $2,375 grant from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with professionals in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts forms… emphasizing inter-state touring.

“Arts Midwest is proud to support Orange City Arts and the ArtRageous performance,” said Arts Midwest director David J. Fraher. The show, and the outreach experiences for students, will enhance the quality of life in northwest Iowa, he said, and the grant helps provide meaningful jobs for artists. artrageous-b

Sponsoring the show are Orange City Arts and Northwestern College. Additional support for the educational outreach comes from the Staples Foundation: 2 Million & Change.

Tickets are $15 adult and $10 student, in advance, available online HERE. Or contact 712.707.4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Tickets at the door are $18 and $12. Tickets for Northwestern College students are $5.

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About Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

About Orange City Arts: The mission of Orange City Arts is to enrich our community by showcasing artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent.

Meet the cast of ArtRageous!

 

john-de-wolf-c-1THE CAST

John de Wolf, Bass Player – Bunraku Puppeteer – Stage Manager – Producer John has been a part of holding down the Artrageous troupe since the very beginning, both in the rhythm section & in business. John is one of the three founding members of the Artrageous troupe & both performs & manages the show. He plays bass & handles all of the details that help Artrageous get to each performance.

Larry Dolan, Vocals – Saxophone – Guitar Larry developed his power-house vocal style throughout the 90s, emulating singers such as
Bono & Michael Crawford. He has toured for over two decades with various productions featuring rock ’n roll and broadway. A mainstay of the Artrageous troupe since 1999, Larry resides in Arizona with his wife & three children.hannahharper-1-shotbyana-smaller

Lauri Francis, Painter – Dancer – Singer – Choreographer – Costume Designer Lauri has choreographed & costumed the Artrageous troupe for 20 years. She has choreographed & costumed specialty performances & dances for hundreds of shows worldwide, especially enjoying private performances for Sir Richard Branson & in Paris and Austria. Trained in many dance forms, from jazz to hip hop, Lauri lends her dance flair to the stage. She has a passion for all things dance & loves to get people moving.

jeff-cJarvis Moorehead, Vocalist – Dancer Jarvis’s love for the stage & theater is evident in his performance & his extensive list of accolades. Jarvis has studied classical voice at the prestigious Adelphi University & studied at the Southern Nevada College & The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Jarvis has been acting, singing, dancing & composing his whole life.

 

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Dani Lenski, Vocalist – Dancer – Puppeteer Dani is a natural match for the Artrageous troupe & has entertained audiences for many
years with her talents as a barbershop singer. You may recognize Dani gracing the silver screen as an actress in several films.

Joey Santiago, Singer – Painter – Percussionist Professional musician & vocalist, Joey has an arts & music degree from The University of New Mexico. Joey can play pretty much every instrument you put in front of him & excels in drums, vocals & percussion. Joey can often be seen with book in hand. He is an avid reader & a Game of Thrones super fan.

Lindsay Santiago, Painter – Vocalist – Dancer Artist & professional photographer Lindsay is a natural fit for the stage. Off stage Lindsay is pursuing a degree in graphic design. Lindsay has a flair for all things artistic from design to photography, from fashion to painting.

 

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Jeff Smith, Painter – Lighting – Mime Jeff has a love of theatrical arts including classical mime. He studied theater, lighting design & mime, & received a scholar-ship in artistic design at the University of New Mexico. He enjoys traveling the
world, baseball & pizza.

Carina Duffy, Singer, Dancer A proud local of the Jersey Shore, Carina is thrilled to join the cast of Artrageous on their adventure throughout the U.S.— spreading art, music & positivity! When not performing, Carina can be found catching up on Netflix, expanding her palate at a unique restaurant, or learning a new instrument!

Hannah Harper, Singer, Comedienne, Keyboard Hannah is an actor & writer living in Los Angeles. She’s crazy excited to be a part of Artrageous & to be traveling all over with the troupe! In her free time, Hannah will almost always have a cup of coffee in hand & will probably ask you to be her friend.

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Jeffrey Dobbins, Painter – Stage Coordinator From a background in architecture, Jeffrey brings a uniquely trained eye to the magic behind Artrageous. After years of touring, his youthful can-do attitude & unceasing positivity have come to personify the Artrageous troupe as a whole.

Jaden Francis, Stage Tech – Painter in Training Jaden, age 11, is currently homeschooling on the road with Artrageous. He is in 6th grade & his favorite subject is social studies. He is a brown (soon to be black!) belt in Taekwondo— his favorite sport. He has a passion for the dramatic flair & has acted in several TV shows. He loves traveling & helping with Artrageous behind the scenes.

Trey Richardson, Stage Tech – Guitar Trey graduated from UNM with a degree in music. He is enjoying the experience of traveling to new places with his Artrageous family. He is also tutoring Jaden in martial arts & is a 2nd degree black belt!

ARTS on Central!

ORANGE CITY — Arts on Central. It’s the brainchild of Orange City Arts, and is set for Wednesday, August 26 from 5 to 9pm in downtown Orange City.artsOn Arts on Central logo cropped

Orange City Arts is pleased to announce that it has received an Art Project grant for Arts on Central, from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

IMG_5372 Kat & Dog arts on centralPart of Central Avenue will be blocked off for the summer’s final Onstage Orange City event. “We’ll fill the streets and businesses with artists, musicians, kids’ activities, workshops, food and more,” said Elsa Kooiker, event planner along with Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts.

IMG_6362 Lisa Laird summer suites largeKooiker, Calsbeek and the Arts on Central planning committee have found a variety of visual and performing artists… including Mary Jane Davidson of Sioux City, who paints on silk (below right); musicians Kathy Vaughn and Scott Amsberry — “Kat and Dog” (upper left); ventriloquist Lisa Laird (upper right); chalk artist Bradley Smith; artist Emilee Berry (above), and many more. Several of the artists will offer mini workshops, so the public can participate. Visual artists will have work for sale.

The evening also includes a live mannequin contest. Food will be available for purchase, with the Dutch Heritage Boosters offering half-price poffertjes to college students.

Prizes will be awarded, including people’s choice awards.IMG_2928 Mary Jane Davidson summer suites

The evening ends with a concert by the Twin Cities a cappella group, Six Appeal, at 7:45pm.

In addition to the $4,000 grant from the Iowa Arts Council, sponsors of the Onstage Orange City event are the Van Engelenhoven Agency and Orange City Arts.

Artists and participants in the mannequin contest must register by August 10. Email Elsa: bekooiker@hotmail.com or Janine: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or get more info/ register at orangecityarts.net/event/arts-on-central .

 

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Onstage Orange City line-up announced for 2015

ORANGE CITY — Kelley Hunt, Moon Hooch and Omaha Street Percussion – they’re all part of the line-up for the sixth season of Onstage Orange City.
The Orange City Arts Council has announced its schedule of shows in Orange City’s Windmill Park for summer 2015.
The series will feature 14 Wednesday nights of entertainment, plus three shows the evenings of Tulip Festival.
Orange City’s own Usual Suspects will perform the Thursday night of Tulip Festival — May 14, followed by Now Serving 7 Friday and Damon Dotson Saturday.
The regular Wednesday evening Onstage series starts May 27, with Orange City’s Got Talent — open to talent from area towns. Those interested in being part of the show must sign up to audition by May 12 at orangecityarts.net/octalent .
Onstage Orange City artists in June, July and August include the Rusty Wright blues band, Tropicante and its popular Latin beats, magician Eric Michaels, and Craig Ebel and the DyVersaCo Polka Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest with one of the country’s youngest drummers.
Moon_Hooch_2240_by_Shervin_LainezMoon Hooch will take the stage June 3 with saxophones and percussion, coming to Orange City after locals heard them on National Public Radio. “There is not a band harder to describe or easier to enjoy than Moon Hooch. They are energetic, joyful, relentless and, best of all, original,” said a quote from the Wall Street Journal.
July 22 brings Omaha Street Percussion, featuring pots, pans and trash cans as their “unorthodox” percussion instruments.Omaha Street Percussion Buckets2014
And local blues favorite Kelley Hunt of Lawrence, Kansas, returns on July 1. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion six times, and The Onion of Denver said, “Hunt delivers her socially charged lyrics with a voice that’s part powerful gospel yearning and part bawdy soul shouter.”
Kelley Hunt 2Favorites returning again are the Orange City Area Community Band; the SchoolHouse Company theatre troupe; and Festival Latino. The Orange City Public Library is celebrating 100 years with a special night of carnival activities, food and magic July 15. The final event, August 26, will be Arts on Central, featuring local artists and performers filling Central Avenue.
Summer Suites, the Orange City Arts Council’s progressive evening of music, gardens, stories and sweets, will be on June 10. The show will feature duo The Copoetics of Sioux Falls, an area flute choir, a violinist and several working artists… in three backyard gardens. It’s the one ticketed event of the series.
Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from the Orange City Arts Council, fund the shows, so they’re free to the public. Most shows will begin at 7:00pm in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Summer Suites begins at 6:30 and Tulip Festival shows at 7:30.
For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Onstage Orange City fliers will be inserted in The AdVisor May 5, and will be available at the Arts Council office and various businesses.

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Cashore Marionettes: They’re not just for kids!

Marionettes for all ages They're not just for kids! Cashore Marionettes, founded by Joseph Cashore, has received national awards for creating shows that appeal to all ages. The Toronto Sun said, "Each creation is a slice of life, awe-inspiring in the minutest detail." Tickets for the April 8 Orange City show are available at OC Arts Council, Dove Bookstore and Northwestern theatre and music departments.

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They’re not just for kids! Cashore Marionettes, founded by Joseph Cashore, has received national awards for creating shows that appeal to all ages. The Toronto Sun said, “Each creation is a slice of life, awe-inspiring in the minutest detail.” Tickets for the April 8 Orange City show are available at OC Arts Council, Dove Bookstore and Northwestern theatre and music departments.

ORANGE CITY – The Cashore Marionettes are not just for kids! Joseph Cashore has received national awards for creating puppet shows for all ages, from children to adults. He will be presenting a show in Orange City Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel. Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council.

 

Cashore remembers seeing his first marionette at age 10 or 11; it was hanging from the ceiling of a gift shop. He stood and imagined the possibilities, then worked up the courage to ask the saleswoman if he could try moving the marionette. She said ‘no.’

 

That didn’t stop Cashore. He eventually created a puppet that would convincingly “play” a violin solo – Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “The Lark Ascending.” He worked long and hard to solve the technical problems. As a result, “the quality of manipulation is unparalleled, and the effect upon the audience is powerful,” said The Center of Contemporary Arts in St. Louis.

 

His awards include a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art for artistic accomplishment and a Henson Foundation Grant which encourages puppetry to adult audiences. He received the highest honor possible for an American puppeteer, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence…  “awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall.” Joe and Wilma Cashore have toured across Europe and North America, including the Kennedy Center, and received accolades everywhere.

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The Toronto Sun said: “The range of movement truly has to be seen to be believed, and even that might be pushing it!”

 

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Cashore Marionettes: mother & baby

According to Baylin Artists, Cashore Marionettes are “unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. They redefine the art of puppetry.”

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Cashore has created a show that celebrates everyday life with humor and feeling, set to music by composers including Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. It’s a theatrical piece which uses marionettes to evoke strong emotion… so parents of young children are asked to take that into consideration.

 

General admission tickets are $10 adults, $7 students, and free for children ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Christian Bookstore, Northwestern College theatre and music departments, and at the door.

 

The show is the final in the 2013-’14 Beyond Onstage series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with support from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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For information, phone 712-707-4885 or email ocarts@orangecityiowa.com. Or check  http://cashoremarionettes.com/iac-3line-coloraltnea-lockup-Adca-2line-black_2