Onstage Orange City’s final Wednesday of the summer is a repeat performance of the popular Arts on Central.
Arts on Central on Wednesday, August 24 follows a huge success its first year, 2015. Once again, downtown streets will be blocked off for the evening, starting at 4:30pm. Local artists will entertain on the street and in businesses: music, theatre, visual arts, puppetry, dance, chalk art, workshops, kids’ activities and a live mannequin contest.
It’s a free interactive arts fair.
Artists are many and varied, and the public will have opportunities to watch visual artists at work, listen to musicians and create their own art, if they wish. Participatory activities will be available for all ages — like The Cube, a project involving wood, paint and creativity.
To read about a participatory project from Arts on Central 2015– to be unveiled August 24, click here.
The public will also be invited to vote for their favorite live mannequins with their nickels, dimes and dollars — donating to Orange City Arts and ATLAS. The live mannequins— a huge hit at the 2015 Arts on Central — will be “on display” from 5:30-6:30pm at downtown businesses.
And there will be lots of food: stroopwaffles for sale, half-price poffertjes for college students, skewers, gelato, pizza, Mexican food, Chinese food and more! Chamber merchants are providing hot dogs and toppings.
See more details about Arts on Central here.
Percussion: pots, pans, trash cans
The street fair will wind down at 7:30 when the energetic and unorthodox Omaha Street Percussion takes the stage for a show at Windmill Park.
“We’re trained percussionists who played in high school and college, and we wanted to keep performing,” said Justin Fisher, director of Omaha Street Percussion. So they got together with some recycled “instruments” — pots, pans, buckets and trash cans – and played in downtown Omaha, raising extra cash for a friend who was adopting a child from Korea
They couldn’t stop.
Inspired by Broadway-hits like STOMP and Blue Man Group, the seven-member group combines drums and dance to create an upbeat show guaranteed to get all ages clapping hands and shaking hips.
“Expect to have a very energetic, rhythmic show that’s going to get the audience involved. And we do a lot of different movements,” Fisher said. “We rarely stay in one spot — we run around a lot. We’re a little crazy.”
The group performs throughout the Midwest, and often at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. They played all weekend August 6-7 at the zoo’s “Back to School Bash.”
Prizes will be awarded to attendees throughout the evening.
Photos (top to bottom): Painting The Cube, water fun thanks to OC Fire Dept., NWC student dancer, Omaha Street Percussion, lots of food, young ballerina mannequins. (photos courtesy of Sioux County Capital-Democrat & OC Arts)
Rain locations are downtown business and city hall. For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.4885.