I have known Joyce for many years, because I love the arts. As a young married couple, Doug and I appreciated how Joyce and the Orange City Arts Council brought so many wonderful musicians, actors, visual artists, storytellers and others to town… and provided opportunities for local artists to do their art. As a mom with young children, I appreciated those opportunities, plus classes and workshops and Missoula Children’s Theatre for kids. She was visionary, she quietly led the board, she wasn’t afraid to try new things, she worked carefully and tirelessly. She loved the arts, and she realized how the arts bring more understanding, more empathy and more beauty to the world. She directed the Orange City Arts Council for 22 years. When she retired, and I was hired to try to fill her shoes, I came to respect Joyce even more.
Thank you, Joyce, for the many ways you touched our part of the world, but especially the legacy of Orange City Arts Council.
With prayers and sympathy from the entire Orange City Arts Council board,
Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts
Pictured above is Joyce with former Orange City Arts board president, Coleman McAllister, when she was honored following her retirement… at a community band concert in summer 2009.
The Orange City Arts Council has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund! The grant will assist in bringing Ballet Quad Cities and The Nutcracker to Sioux County.
Two performances of The Nutcracker, at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City, will feature Ballet Quad Cities and 45 local young dancers. The performances will be at 1:30 and 7:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 19. In September, Ballet Quad Cities conducted master classes for local dance students, and library workshops at Orange City and Sioux Center: “Dance me a Story.” (Pictured above are children participating with Margaret Huling of Ballet Quad Cities at a workshop at the Orange City Public Library.)
Arts Midwest Touring Fund is a program of Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation. In 2013-2015, Orange City was selected to be the community in Iowa to participate in Arts Midwest World Fest—week-long residencies here featuring four international music ensembles.
Sioux Center Arts Council is joining with Orange City Arts in bringing The Nutcracker to Sioux County. “This is a huge undertaking,” said Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts.“We’re excited. Businesses in our communities are stepping up to assist with funding. And of course, we’ve had dozens of people ask about tickets!”
Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Orange City Chamber office and Sioux Center City offices, front desk. The tickets are reserved seating, and purchasers are asked to come in person. Advance tickets are $15 adult, $10 student. At the door, tickets are $20 and $15. Please pay in cash or check.
Those interested in participating as corporate sponsors or individual donors may contact Orange City or Sioux Center Arts: orangecityarts.net, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, 707-4885, siouxcenter.org/arts, firstname.lastname@example.org or 722-0781 x118.
Arts Midwest has been the regional arts organization for nine states for 30 years, working to engage professional artists and promote inter-state touring in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts The 2015 grant to Orange City Arts totals $4,000.
For a list of the local youth dancing with The Nutcracker, click here.
For more information on The Nutcracker performance in northwest Iowa, click here.
The mission of Orange City Arts is to enrich our community by showcasing artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent.