Herencia de Timbiquí: Jueves 6 de octubre

El Liberal: Herencia de Timbiquí, la alegría cantada para los niños del pacífico
“Preservar la cultura y los ritmos tradicionales, fomentar la convivencia y generar nuevas oportunidades a través de la música; son los objetivos de los talleres y proyectos culturales que hace esta agrupación en el pacífico sur colombiano…Un niño de 12 años…muestra sus fotos aprendiendo a tocar…en uno de los talleres que la Fundación Herencia de Timbiquí con el apoyo del Programa para Afrodescendientes e Indígenas de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional, USAID, dictó, el año pasado, a docenas de niños y jóvenes de este municipio…’El objetivo de la Fundación y del proyecto social y cultural que hacemos es promover la convivencia y la paz del litoral Pacífico y dar un mensaje de esperanza, para que los jóvenes comprendan y valoren la importancia de reconocer su cultura y luchar por sus sueños…’ comenta Begner Vásquez, vocalista, compositor y uno de los fundadores de la banda.”

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“Preserving the culture and the traditional rhythms, promoting community and generating new opportunities through music – these are the objectives of the cultural workshops and projects that this band carries out in the Colombian Pacific South…A twelve-year-old boy…shows his photos learning to play…at one of the workshops that Herencia de Timbiquí Foundation gave last year, with the support of the Program for Afro-descendants and Indigenous of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, to dozens of this city’s children and youths… ‘The objective of the Foundation and the social and cultural project we carry out is to promote community and peace along the Pacific coast and give a message of hope, so that the young people understand and value the importance of recognizing their culture and fighting for their dreams…’ stated Begner Vásquez, vocalist, composer, and one of the band’s founders.”

 

More info: http://orangecityarts.net/event/herencia-de-timbiqui-october-6-beyond-onstage-series/   and http://herenciadetimbiqui.com.

 

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Staples Foundation awards grant to Orange City Arts

ORANGE CITY, IA – Orange City Arts has been awarded a $3,500 grant by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change. The program allows Staples associates to direct more than $2 million in donations worldwide each year.

Olga Alvarado, Orange City Arts board member and graphic designer at Staples, nominated Orange City Arts for the grant.

The grant will help present educational artistic assemblies and workshops to area students in schools, said Janine Calsbeek, executive director of Orange City Arts. The title of the grant is Beyond Onstage — Enriching Academic Education.

herencia-photo-3“Six exemplary artists are performing here this year,” said Calsbeek. “We’re excited that students will interact with gifted artists from other parts of the world. Artists like these inspire creativity and empathy. One of their gifts to students is the power and beauty of art.”

Artists are listed here:

• Herencia de Timbiquí, a 12-person ensemble, plays traditional music from Colombia— featuring congas, bombo drums, guasá shakers and marimba, plus energetic vocals, trumpet, saxophone, keyboards and guitar. A school assembly and evening concert will be Oct. 6.ocarts-slide-artrageous-1200x545

• ArtRageous presents an interactive multi-media art and music experience Oct. 26 and 27. ArtRageous artists present a music and dance performance while creating several paintings onstage. Workshops include the business of entertainment; branding and marketing; and costuming, choreography and performance.

Cantus press photo 2 large croppedThe ArtRageous workshops are not only educational, but encouraging, said Calsbeek. “These enthusiastic artists say, ‘If we can do it, you can do it too.’”

• Cantus, a premier men’s vocal ensemble from Minneapolis, will present a vocal workshop and concert Feb. 18 and 19.

The Feb. 24 performance features storyteller and playwright Kevin Kling, with his hilarious and tender stories. His storytelling workshop is Feb. 25.ocarts-slide-kevin-kling-1200x545

• Mermaid Theatre from Nova Scotia features innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects with black light, projected images and large puppets. The show March 20 features the stories of Eric Carle. A puppetry workshop will be held that afternoon.

Mermaid Theatre Papa Please get the moon th-ts-papa-monika-cat The week of April 10, Taproot Theatre of Seattle presents bullying-prevention plays in six schools, plus two shows for the general public. Workshops will be held for theatre students. The Taproot residency is a collaboration between Orange City and Sioux Center Arts.

Most of the assemblies, workshops and shows will be held at local schools and colleges.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associates make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”

For more information, visit www.staples.com/community or http://orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage-2016-2017-season-series/. To inquire about participating in an assembly or workshop, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Arts on Central 2016!

ORANGE CITY, IOWA—Arts on Central, a celebration of the visual and performing arts, will return to downtown Orange City Wednesday, Aug. 24.
IMG_1213 Arts on Central 2015 girl & balloon mediumNow in its second year, the free interactive arts fair concludes the weekly summer series Onstage Orange City, sponsored by Orange City Arts. Streets will be blocked off starting at 4:3pm, and local artists will entertain on the street and in businesses. The evening will include music, poetry, visual arts, puppetry, chalk art, dance, children’s activities and a live mannequin contest.
Artwork on display will range from paintings to quilts to woodworking, with some items for sale. There will be demonstrations of such artistic techniques as painting with beeswax, using alcohol inks, and working with watercolors. Those interested may also create their own art with the help of artists who specialize in tie-dye, stencils or block printing on fabric.IMG_1079 arts on central Pam Harp medium
Musical performances will include vocal ensembles; guitar, violin, ukelele and string bass players; and Usual Suspects, an acoustic blues and rock group from Orange City. There will also be a strolling ventriloquist, a balloon artist clown, and demonstrations by dancers from Just for Kix and Elite Dance and Tumbling.
Among the activities for children are face painting, a story walk IMG_1106 arts on central people 2015 mediumin Windmill Park, kite-making, magnet poetry and a scavenger hunt. Kids can also paint a t-shirt, create mini sculptures with marshmallows and toothpicks, build large structures, and experiment with baking soda and vinegar or bubbles to make artwork.IMG_1043 arts on central 2015 bubble

 

Popular last year, according to Janine Calsbeek, director of Orange City Arts, was The Cube — a huge plywood structure in the middle of the street — which kids and adults filled with their artistic touches. It’ll be back. Also a big hit were live mannequins. This year the mannequins will be “on” for two 15-minute sessions each, from 5:30-6:30pm. Eight businesses will host live mannequins in their store fronts, and people can vote for their favorites with donations big and small—with all proceeds going to Orange City Arts and ATLAS.

IMG_5781 Arts on Central 2015 CUBEBusinesses have donated prizes for drawings that will be held throughout the evening. And food vendors will be on hand, selling pizza, burritos, tacos, gelato, skewers, stroopwaffles and more. College students can purchase poffertjes for half price. Local merchants are giving free hotdogs with toppings, “Thanks with Franks.”
The 2016 Arts on Central will feature dozens of new artists and activities, said Calsbeek: a kid water fight (note: bring a change of clothes), a full-face face painting station, and the opportunity to create artwork on tiles with alcohol inks. Also new is Thrift Wars, where contestants have one hour to transform thrift store castoffs into works of art–while others watch!
The Windmill in the downtown park is the center for information, maps and signing up for prizes, said Calsbeek.IMG_5862 arts on central 2015 family & dyed silk medium
Arts on Central will move to Windmill Park at 7:30pm, when Omaha Street Percussion takes the stage. Inspired by Broadway hits like STOMP and the Blue Man Group, the seven-member ensemble provides a visually appealing, highly energetic form of drumming using unorthodox “instruments” like pots and pans, buckets and trash cans.
Arts on Central is supported by the Old Factory Coffee Shop, Northwestern Bank and local merchants in conjunction with Orange City Arts. Rain locations for Arts on Central are downtown businesses and City Hall. Windmill Park is located at 200 Central Avenue NW. For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712-707-4885.

IMG_1227 arts on central 2015 kid with beverageFor more details about Arts on Central 2016 and Omaha Street Percussion, click here.

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Arts on Central: Artist combines children’s art into unified works

ORANGE CITY — It was a hands-on project last summer at Arts on Central in Orange City.

IMG_1084 arts on central (emilee berry project)Emilee Berry, a recent Northwestern College art graduate, provided kids with canvases, plus tools. They painted with combs, plastic forks, fingers, sponges — “everything but paintbrushes,” she said. “I encouraged them to explore.”

Then, after the event last August, Berry unified the 14 children’s acrylic explorations. “I didn’t want to take away from what they did, but bring them together.” She used a pallet knife and eraser to paint with white acrylic paint and gel medium — on top of the colors painted by the kids. She added more texture and dots, “a fun way to give a unified look without hiding what’s behind it.” The finished artworks have a windmill theme. IMG_9995 Emilee berry medium C

The finished creations are being unveiled at Arts on Central — exhibited at Centrum Foto Studio on August 24 and the rest of the week.

Arts on Central 2016 is Wed., Aug. 24 in downtown Orange City. The interactive arts festival is 4:30-7:30, followed by a concert featuring Omaha Street Percussion at 7:30. For more information, contact 707-4885, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

For more info about Arts on Central, click HERE.

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Exploring acrylics… Arts on Central

Abby Wallinga experimented with acrylics on canvas at Arts on Central last year— creating a design with a variety of tools — but no paintbrushes. Afterwards, artist Emilee Berry added her touches with white paint, and put together the 14 child-painted canvases into three unified works of art. See them on August 24 at Centrum Foto Studio.

Arts on Central 2015… by Gail Van Grouw

To inquire about participating as a visual artist, performing artist or live mannequin in Arts on Central August 24, 2016, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Where were you on August 26, 2015? I was in Orange City, Iowa attending Arts on Central. Not sure what to expect, I hoped it would be a fun Wednesday night downtown.
What did I experience? Sensory overload, so much to take in! People arriving, trickling in and then: folks of all ages everywhere. A band of middle aged rock ‘n rollers set up on the south end of Central Avenue. On the north end, two blocks over, the street is anchored with a water spray station to cool visitors off. In Windmill Park a little girl is creating giant bubbles next to lush, colorful flowerbeds. It’s a joyful atmosphere of bumping into friends and chatting on the sidewalk.
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There was so much going on that I was overwhelmed. My eyes couldn’t take it all in. My ears heard many kinds music from various directions. Wafting aromas of delicious food mingled around everyone. Everywhere I turned something intriguing was happening. A buzz of excitement and hearing folks say, “Did you see….”
In the midst of it all were Orange City Arts volunteers and staff— ringleaders to this 3 ring circus of art, music and live mannequin displays. They coordinated all this.
arts on central 2015 IMG_5830Children were busy drawing with fat pieces of colored chalk on the street. A chalk artist and crew had started scenes and hopscotch games all over Central Avenue’s smooth light gray concrete street. Scattered near the scenes lay chunks of chalk for anyone to pick up and add their own flair. In one spot I noted the directions: add an animal to the forest. Well, in my opinion, the tree needed a blue bird in a nest. Tan chalk for nest, blue for bird, not quite done, pink for beak. Yes, I added my touch. Another young man drew mushrooms. He was excited because he contributed to the artistic scene.arts on central string quartet 2015 IMG_5774
Next I focus on the music: a string quartet in the courtyard behind the Little White Store. Violin and piano duet inside Holland House. A rousing Irish ballad from the rock group. The boisterous street organ blows notes over the crowd. That large antique organ was also visual overload with so many colors painted on the carved figures. Party vibe of electric guitars. IMG_1153 arts on central accordion playersAn accordion player wearing a beret sitting on a bench in front of the bakery evoked European flair. The young man played songs I’ve never heard before. Boom box blasts dance music and teen age girls laugh and move to it. I wouldn’t call it dancing exactly, mostly goofing around. Adding to the cacophony were voices over the public address system announcing prize winners. Lots of unusual things given away, like locally composed hymns, adult coloring books and Northwestern College theatre tickets.
Looking across the street, a girl I know from church is sitting in a window display doing sign language to music I can’t hear. It makes me pause and smile. Next door another store front has a huge canvas displayed. An oil painting of crab apples in fall comes to life, actually larger than life size, by the brush of a master artist.arts on central 2015 IMG_5821
My neighbor comes up to me and exclaims about a fantastic window display. Thrusting her smartphone at me she shows photos of the kids posing like mannequins. Meanwhile, in front of the tuxedo rental shop, couples are in formal attire and pose as parents of the bride and groom, alongside the happy couple. Later another couple slowly, mechanically clink goblets to celebrate.
In July when I learned about this event, I volunteered to be a judge in the visual arts category. After searching for the headquarters table and finally locating it I took the clipboard with lots of papers on it, read my instructions and looked at each display. I saw photographs from near (Iowa) and far (Italy). I examined quilted wall hangings on a makeshift clothesline, swaying in a slight breeze. I reached out and was scolded, “Do NOT touch.” Quickly I pulled back my hand, feeling like a little girl who was put in her place.
arts on central 2015 IMG_5867Village Northwest Unlimited had a large display of so many beautiful things, I could barely take it all in. The woman there explained items were not for sale, but created by handicapped individuals as part of art therapy. I loved it! In the downtown park next to the big old windmill an extensive display of silk scarves flutter in the breeze under large shade trees. It is a riot of color and the silks mimic butterflies floating above flowers, flowers tumbling over the edges of flowerbeds that are only a few feet away. At an artist’s booth I marveled at a collage of grains. Colored rice, seeds and corn were painstakingly arranged into beautiful scenes. Right beside the art is raw material on a table for budding artists to create with. Later I spot people carrying around their seed creations.arts on central 2015 IMG_5763
Standing next to a simple display is a woman who is giving her art away. The delicate drawings are about 5×7 or 4×6, a convenient size for carrying. She explains she has more than she can use in her scrapbooking hobby. “Go ahead and take one,” she urges each person who walks up.
One particular grouping of paintings caught my eye. This young woman had classic landscapes and farm scenes. However each work had one unusual character in it. Tranquil Americana street scene had a robot walking a dog. Pond with a sea monster peeking above the water. There is a giant bear napping on a barn roof. They were hilarious! Not a typical classy painting to hang above the sofa. She’s an artist with a sense of humor.arts on central 2015 IMG_5881
After I looked at 20 art displays, the time had come to meet with the other two judges. Our favorites were announced as the top three winners.
For those who like their art on a large screen television, short films from the Prairie Grass Film Challenge played at Joe’s TV & Appliance store.
Mother Goose made an appearance with her puppet friend, a colorful dinosaur named Jemima. Under the bank canopy she told stories to kids of all ages. Her helpers included a shy white rabbit and not so shy children. I love the sound of little kids laughing and it echoed all around this group. A magical Humpty Dumpty complained about how his story usually ended. To conclude her show, Mother Goose persuaded her audience to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider.Arts on Central 2015 IMG_5778

Arts on Central took place during the supper hour. To satisfy the hunger of spectators strolling along, the meat market grilled bratwurst and the Little White Store made little Dutch pancakes. Pizza, tacos, Chinese food and more choices tempted taste buds. Some businesses offered free frankfurters, cookies or other treats. In the same way that music overlapped from one area to the next, the aroma of Mexican food blended into Chinese cuisine and all-American hot dogs.
People who attended were having so much fun that the concert in the Windmill Park band shell was a perfect way to end the summer music series. As the sun set on this lovely summer evening audience members Arts on Central 2015 IMG_5803appreciated the talents of the six a cappella singers performing a high energy show. Thank you to Orange City Arts — who made such a fun event come to life.

–by Gail Van Grouw

Photos by Doug & Janine Calsbeek

 

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Artists win awards at Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition

ORANGE CITY – Three area artists recently won awards at the juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition. Awards were announced at the closing reception April 30 at Northwestern College in Orange City.IMG_7600 oc arts exhibit 2016

Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath of Okoboji won Best of Show, with his work of crocheted yarn and printed fabric, entitled Breezy. (pictured below right)

Honorable Mention awards went to Rein Vanderhill and Brian J. Damon.

IMG_7625 Arand-McIlrathVanderhill, of Alton, received an award for his acrylic on canvas, The Color of Plum. (pictured below left)

Damon, of McCook Lake, SD, was honored for his colorized screen print, Just Another Back Story. (pictured below right)

The three award-winners received cash prizes of $100 for best of show and $40 for honorable mention. Jurors were artists Linda Porter of Hospers and Matthew Drissell of Sioux Center.

IMG_7615 oc art exhibit VanderhillTwenty-two additional artists’ works were selected for the exhibit, including works by Randy Clark, Pauline Sensenig, Judy Thompson, Emily Bunch, Michael Vander Schaaf, Kevin Bierbaum, Robert E. Gillespie, Joanne Alberda, Jerry L. Mennenga, Pam Harp, Lynae Dadisman, David Versluis, Margo Vanderhill, Kwan Yong Park, David Lammers, Ya-wen Liu, Emily Stokes, Dabin Jeong, Emilee Berry, Youra Song, Alissa Sinclair and Nancy Becerra-Balbuena. They are from Sioux City, Brookings, Alton, Sioux Center, Sioux Falls, Orange City, and Northwestern College, Dordt College and Buena Vista University.

IMG_7643 oc art exhibit DamonThe exhibit was held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. Sponsor of the show was Orange City Arts, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art and Theatre Departments.

Onstage Orange City: another fantastic line-up

ORANGE CITY — It’s another fantastic line-up.

Onstage Orange City 2016 features 13 performances from June through August, plus four shows during Tulip Festival May 18-21. It’s a varied line-up of musicians and entertainers from Iowa and across the country.

Take a look at a few of the shows. Details on each show HERE.TheCactusBlossom_AlexanderThompson_300ppi

The Cactus Blossoms, Doreen’s Jazz and Kenny Ahern have all received national attention. The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers performing “retro-leaning country,” reminiscent of the Everly Brothers. The have “gorgeous harmonies and ageless sound,” said National Public Radio. The Cactus Blossoms perform in Orange City’s Windmill Park June 22.

Doreen’s Jazz has represented New Orleans on five continents, on PBS, HBO and MTV, and has entertained four U.S. presidents. Doreen’s daughter Dorian, who plays percussion with the band, recently filmed a music video with Beyoncé. Watch for their concert July 20.doreen's jazz A

Kenny Ahern’s crazy antics and physical comedy will come as no surprise, since he worked with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for years. He’s been known to balance objects as large as a Christmas tree on his chin. Sign up for his 5:15pm workshop, prior to the 7pm show June 1.Kenny Ahern, Photo 2015

The summer’s entertainment actually begins during Tulip Fest in May — with Orange City’s own Usual Suspects performing May 18 in Windmill Park. The Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus of Mankato takes the stage May 19, Now Serving 7 bring their electro-coustic pop-rock May 20, and on May 21, don’t miss Bella Ruse’s “stunningly beautiful minimal rock.”

The rest of the summer will include additional world-class performers. The Awful Purdies, from eastern Iowa, bring banjo, accordion, mandolin, bass, guitar, cello and the washboard to the stage, accompanying their modern folk harmonies. Hector Anchondo and band return to Orange City, after earning a finalist spot in the International Blues Challenge 2016.

Midnight Pilot 5040_ADLeditSalem Mass Choir, from Omaha’s Salem Baptist Church, will bring their Grammy-nominated choir to Orange City August 3. Midnight Pilot comes from Nashville for a night of folk-rock Americana. The SchoolHouse Company brings music, humor, conflict and romance to the stage in the musical Radio Gals.

The Orange City Area Community Band will perform three concerts, and Festival Latino will bring activities and ethnic food to the park, plus the Parranderos Latin Combo. The summer ends on August 24 with the second Arts on Central — with Central Avenue taken over by local artists, a mannequin contest, food vendors and more, from 5-7:30. The interactive art fair ends with a 7:30 show by the popular Omaha Street Percussion.

Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from Orange City Arts, fund the shows, so they’re free to the public. Most shows begin at 7:00pm in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Tulip Festival shows begin at 6pm on Wednesday and 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday.Hector Anchondo 2016 band photo

For details, click here or call or email: 712-707-4885, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

A printable version of the Onstage Orange City information. Print on one 8.5 x 11 sheet, both sides:  Onstage OC brochure 2016

Thank you, sponsors, cosponsors & contributors!

SPONSORS and COSPONSORS:
Ambank Insurance
American State Bank
Center Fresh Eggs
City of Orange City
CIVCO Medical Solutions
D & L Plumbing & Heating
Diamond Vogel Paints
Fareway
Iowa State Bank
Joe’s TV & Appliance
Northwestern Bank
Old Factory Coffee Shop
Orange City Area Health System
Orange City Communications
Pizza Ranch Restaurant
Quatro Composites
Revival Animal Health
Stange Chiropractic
State Farm: Matt Weg Agency
Van Engelenhoven Agency

CONTRIBUTORS: Ag Partners, LLC; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium; Doug & Janine Calsbeek; CASA; Casualty Insurance; C & H Body Repair; Art & Doris De Hoogh; De Jong Chiropractic; De Jong Oil & Repair; Dutch Mill Pharmacy; Family Eye Care; Hair Clinic; Hands Around the World; Joiner & Zwart Dentistry; Jubon Juweelen; Al & Carol Kramer; Mark & Sherry Lundberg; Kevin & Lynne McMahan; Natural Food Holdings; Neal Chase Lumber Co.; Fran & Bev Nieman; Leona Noteboom; Oolman Funeral Homes; Orange City Chiropractic; Orange City Dentistry; Pluim Publishing; Rensink, Pluim & Vogel Law Office; Sfumato Pizza; Siouxland Travel & Tours; David Ter Beest; Town & Country Implement; Jane & Renee Vogel; Weber Law Office; Jan Wilbeck; Woudstra Meat Market.

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REGISTER for a class.

Act. Write. Paint. Create.

Register for Orange City Arts summer classes. Find your class HERE.

ORANGE CITY — Grab a friend and try your hand at painting. Create delectable international cuisine, or learn an easy way to bake bread. Join a children’s summer choir. Bring your young one for a parent-child paint date. Do a theatre workshop or join this year’s children’s production, Wizard of Oz. Try yoga by the lake on a Saturday morning. Become an expert in face painting. Learn to juggle and more (Circus Skills for the Klutz)!

Or do it all, under the guidance of artists teaching classes sponsored by Orange City Arts. Check out classes here.

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Advance registration and payment are required. (Register a week in advance for a reduced fee for some classes.)  For more information, call 707-4885 or email orangecityartsIA@gmail.com.

Flier below features classes for older youth and adults.

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Orange City Arts awarded grant

The Orange City Arts Council is among organizations in 13 communities who were awarded grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs — totaling more than $160,000.

Twenty-nine artists and organizations were awarded grants to sustain “culturally vibrant” communities in the state, according to Mary Cownie, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Orange City Arts was awarded a $2500 stability grant to hire two consultants in early 2016, to assist in the development and execution of a fundraising plan integrated into current strategic priorities.

Stability grants, which help organizations achieve fiscal stability by instituting best practices in strategic planning and management, are funded through the Iowa Cultural Trust. The grant program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

IMG_0219 nutcracker rehearsalPictured above are Rachel Te Grootenhuis and Ardene Huisman, participating in a guided painting class taught by Rein Vanderhill. Pictured to the right are young dancers rehearsing for The Nutcracker.

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