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.

logo-2millionchange-2-croppedCreated 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 https://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.

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!

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

 

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