Téada – Direct from Ireland

An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Their traditional yet refreshingly modern sound entrances wherever the band travels.

Part of Orange City Arts’ 2018-19 World Tour Season, Téada will perform at the Prairie Winds Event Center on Friday, March 8th at 7:30 pm.

A leader in Irish traditional music, Téada (pronounced “TAY-dah”) is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Winner of ‘Best Young Irish Traditional Act’ at Ireland’s Music Awards, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative Irish television series ‘Flosc’. With engaging textural arrangements, Téada—meaning “strings” in the Irish language—revels in the vibrant music traditions of Ireland. Deftly playing up structural intricacies while preserving the contagious energy inherent in the repertoire, the group strives to capture a sense of the rawness and individuality of the solo artist within a modern group context.

The band travels with Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle, Séamus Begley on vocals and accordion, Damien Stenson on flute, Seán Gavin on the uilleann pipes, Seán Mc Elwain on guitar, Tristan Rosenstock on traditional Irish instrument the bodhrán, and dancer Samantha Harvey, who also plays keyboard.

Keeping Pace With the Road Ahead

Orange City Arts has spent over 40 years growing alongside our community. In the last 10 years alone we’ve tripled our impact, growing from 12 to 39 events, allowing connections with nearly 9,000 people!

That’s how we met Jess, a domestic abuse survivor in temporary housing. After artists visited her facility to sing with the women living there, she told us, “It’s just so good to feel alive again.”

But without your help, we can’t continue to bring that sense of life to our neighbors who need it most. Please help us close a $30,000 funding gap by January 15 so that Northwest Iowa will always be known as a place to live your best life.

Donations are tax deductible. Give now or send gifts to P.O. Box 202. Thank you for sharing joy!

Making Good, Giving Joy

Gilchrist Foundation Partners with Orange City Arts

The Gilchrist Foundation is providing $10,150 of support toward our 2018-19 World Tour Season! We are so thankful to partner with wonderful organizations that are doing great work in our area.

The project we are partnering on is bringing the Formosa Singers of Taiwan to do some outreach here in Orange City. They’ll be meeting and singing with area student choirs, giving a short presentation at a local church, and spending time in our community sharing their culture before their public performance on Monday, September 10. Learn more here!

Thank You, Iowa Arts Council!

Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Cultural Trust, has recently awarded Orange City Arts $7,100 in support toward our 2018-19 World Tour Season! Thank you, Iowa Arts Council!

The Art Project Grant will go toward funding a visit from Nobuntu, a female a cappella ensemble from Zimbabwe. Nobuntu’s music embraces humility, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art.

Nobuntu believes that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries. We’re excited to join them on that journey this October 10th!

Learn more about Nobuntu.

Announcing the 2018-19 Season: The World Tour!

The World Awaits You.

6 Shows. 5 Countries. 4 Continents. The 2018-19 Season is your passport to a world tour of award-winning artists and performances.


Formosa Singers of Taiwan

We begin our tour on September 10 in Asia with Taiwan’s top choral ensemble. Formosa Singers has been invited to perform at numerous music festivals worldwide, where they have received high honors including International Chamber Chorus Contest gold and silver medals.


Nobuntu of Zimbabwe

Follow us to the beautiful continent of Africa on October 16 for Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet that has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-Jazz to Gospel.


Happy Holidays with Two on Tap!

Head back home for some old-fashioned holiday cheer on December 7. Two on Tap takes us on a song-and-dance tour of American holiday classics—plus catch our local dance troupes as they join Two on Tap onstage!


Storyteller Antonio Sacre

Antonio’s tales of growing up bilingually in a Cuban and Irish-American household have inspired audiences worldwide to gather their own family stories, and now many of his award-winning books are being developed for film and television.


Téada of Ireland

On to Europe and the Emerald Isle with Téada! A frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the world, Téada’s traditional yet refreshingly energetic modern sound entrances audiences wherever they go.


Olé! Epic Musical Comedy from Spain

We continue our stay in Europe with the outrageously funny musical trio, Olé! The Gipsy Kings meet the Marx Brothers in one of the most zany, unpredictable and spectacular shows in the world.


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Home of the Brave

This July 4th, Orange City Arts is partnering with Ode Storytelling of Sioux City and Edem Soul Music of Omaha to celebrate America’s brave veterans and her powerful citizens.

Part of Onstage Orange City 2018, this event invites all local veterans and their spouses to come and be honored and thanked for their service as part of the ceremony. Orange City Arts also wishes to invite all recent citizenship recipients to join the festivities and be congratulated on their entrance to the bold, brave, and powerful collection of believers, optimists, adventurers, and patriots that form the fabric of our country.

Ode Storytelling will feature local personalities sharing their own personal journeys on the theme of “Belonging,” set against a backdrop of a community art project along the same theme.

Edem Soul’s spiritual music explores inner strength, identity, and what it means to be an American today.

Edem Soul Music joins Ode Storytelling in celebrating and honoring our veterans and citizens. This Independence Day event is offered as part of Onstage Orange City 2018. Onstage Orange City is made possible by the generous support of local individuals and businesses. To become a sponsor, email OCArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Oh the Poss-abilities!

On August 1, Orange City Arts will partner with Village Northwest Unlimited, Hope Haven, and MOCHA Kiwanis to present an evening of tremendous possibility—or poss-ability, as we’re tagging it.

“Oh, the Poss-abilities!” will feature award-winning and critically-acclaimed artists with disabilities, violinist and vocalist Gaelynn Lea and beloved storyteller Kevin Kling. We’ll be showcasing and spotlighting the artwork of our own disability community, and spending some time learning what it means to be truly “accessible.”

The result will be a moving celebration of connection and expression, of strength and grace, and yes—of possibilities.

“Oh, the Poss-abilities!” is offered as part of Onstage Orange City 2018. Onstage Orange City is funded by the generous support of local individuals and business partners. To learn how you can become a sponsor, email OCArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Arts Administration Assistant Needed!

Orange City Arts plans and executes over 20 events a year with artists from all over the world. Come be a part of the magic and take home more than just a paycheck. Meet artists and interact with audiences of all ages. Coordinate behind-the-scenes record keeping and events management with some of the kindest creative minds in Sioux County.

You’ll love this job if you are:

  • An organized communicator
  • Willing to learn basic Quickbooks and non-profit records keeping
  • Passionate about promoting the arts in Northwest Iowa

Typical hours are 8-10 hrs/week during the months of September-April and 15-20 hrs/week May-August. The position pays $12.50/hr.

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Come be a part of the magic with Orange City Arts!

CALL FOR ART: Artist’s Showcase: OC Arts’ Regional Exhibition

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Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center
Orange City, IA
Exhibit: April 20- 28, 2018
Submission Deadline: March 23, 2018
Enter up to 3 original submissions, 2D or 3D. Open to H.S. & up from IA or 350-mile radius of Orange City. No entry fee. Work must be no older than 3 years. Submission details & timeline below. Awards given: for best of show ($100) & honorable mention. ($40).

The seventh Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work April 20-28, 2018 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City IA, in conjunction with the production of the play The Glass Menagerie. Regional artists (from Iowa or within a 350-mile radius of Orange City, IA) are invited to submit work to the juried exhibition.

img_7623-art-exhibit-winners-2016SUBMISSION DEADLINE
March 23, 2018

DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, 809 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041

This exhibit is open to any adult, college or high school-age artist, from Iowa or within a 350-mile radius of Orange City, Iowa. Artwork must be original in concept, composition and execution, and must have been created in the past three years. Artwork may not have been shown previously in an Orange City Arts exhibit. All 2-D and 3-D media will be considered, and must be ready to hang/present. Sawtooth hangers are not allowed. If you have work that you feel need not be framed, please inquire via email to Emily Stokes (emily.stokes@nwcowa.edu).

No theme is required and all submissions are welcome. Works that explore the notions of love, unity, and the human community may have the option to be spotlighted in connection with Northwestern College’s “#beLOVEd Music and Arts Festival” on April 27th.

Orange City Arts will exercise all reasonable care in handling and hanging the art, and does have limited insurance coverage. However, Orange City Arts assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to works submitted. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist.img_7648-art-exhibit-2016

Works accepted for exhibition may not be withdrawn prior to the close of the show.
Orange City Arts reserves the right to install the works in any manner deemed necessary for exhibition or security purposes.

Orange City Arts will finalize any sales of exhibited artwork at a price that is set by the artist. Sales are subject to a 20% commission, so prices should be set accordingly. Works not for sale must be clearly marked “NFS.”
The submission of entries presupposes that the right is granted to photograph accepted works for education and publicity purposes. Otherwise, taking photos of the artwork during the exhibit is prohibited.

img_7650-art-exhibit-2016ENTRY PROCEDURES
Entrants are limited to three entries. Sets, e.g., diptych, may be classified as one entry.
There is no entry fee.
We request digital images only. Submissions for jurying must be quality jpg images – 200 dpi and no larger than 2 MB.
Images are to be submitted to https://orangecityarts.net/exhibition/ between February 23 and March 23.
The image must be a true representation of the work submitted. Orange City Arts reserves the right to reject work accepted which does not conform to the quality represented by the submission.
With each submission, also include artist’s name, address, email, phone number and title of work. Under “Description,” include medium, size, date of production, and purchase price or NFS.

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2. Artist’s name, address, email, phone number, title of work.
3. Under “Description,” include medium, size, date of production, purchase price or NFS.img_7592-art-exhibit-2016

SUBMIT ENTRY MATERIALS TO:   https://orangecityarts.net/exhibition/

Contact: Lindsay Bauer, Orange City Arts Executive Director

Orange City Arts, 125 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041
Phone: 712.707.6514
Website: www.orangecityarts.net

Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by April 5, 2018.

Art accepted for the show is to be labelled on a 3×5-inch paper on the upper left corner, backside of the artwork. Include name of artist, title of work, media and sale price or NFS. If your work is a diptych or triptych, please note whether the pieces are to be displayed horizontally or vertically.

The award-winning theatre department at Northwestern College is presenting The Glass Menagerie at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center. Celebrated as one of America’s finest dramas, Tennessee Williams’ mid-century play takes audiences to a back-alley apartment in St. Louis. Karen Bohm Barker will play the role of Amanda Wingfield. Jeff Bark is Director.

The artists’ reception will be held Saturday, April 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., prior to the production of The Glass Menagerie. All artists are invited to attend. Jurors will comment and announce awards.

The exhibit will be juried by local artists Emily Stokes and Matt Drissell.

All artists accepted for exhibition will be given two complimentary tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, The Glass Menagerie.
Jurors will select the “best of show” with a $100 cash prize and “honorable mention,” $40 cash prize.
Additional tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, The Glass Menagerie, may be ordered by phoning 712-707-7098 or emailing boxoffice@nwciowa.edu. Tickets are $8 adult and $4 student. Production dates are April 20, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30pm and April 21 at 2:00 and 7:30pm.img_7664-art-exhibit-2016

Friday, March 23, 2018: Deadline for submission. All entries must be submitted online.
Thursday, April 5: Acceptance notification emailed to artists.
Wednesday, April 18: 9 a.m. to noon: Art must be hand-delivered to DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, Orange City. If necessary, prior arrangements may be made to ship art to arrive by noon on March 29 to Orange City Arts, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041. Contact Orange City Arts, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.4885.
Friday, April 20: Exhibition opens.
Saturday, April 28: 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Artist reception prior to the production of The Glass Menagerie.
Saturday, April 28: Exhibition closes. Artists must pick up their artwork between 9:30-10:30 p.m., unless prior arrangement is made. Contact Orange City Arts, OCArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514.

Orange City Arts is the sponsor of the exhibit, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art and Theatre Departments.

We appreciate your submission. Please share this Call for Entries with other area artists.