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

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

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 (

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 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.
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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

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 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, 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, 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.


Orange City Arts Announces 40th Anniversary Season!

For 40 years, Orange City Arts has been demonstrating that you don’t have to travel to the big city to enjoy world class entertainment, and the 2017-18 season adds more proof to the pudding.

July 11th, 2017 begins Orange City Arts’ 40th year of providing top quality arts experiences to Sioux County, and starting September, we are celebrating with an extra-special lineup that includes music, acrobatics, theatre, and the same incredible artistry audiences have come to expect from us.

We begin our celebration with Felicitas: A One-Woman Show on September 9. New York actress Libby Skala presents this true story of a spunky, tough-love Austrian infant nurse who escapes the Third Reich to nurture order in American society, one baby at a time. A moving tribute to a life of service and sacrifice, Skala gleaned this story from her own family history and shares her aunt’s journey to inspire us all.

From Latvia, the spectacular performance of B—The Underwater Bubble Show on October 10 follows overworked, self-absorbed everyman “Mr. B” as he is magically transported to a land where fantasy becomes reality and daydreams come to life. Recommended for ages 0-150, this astonishing Cirque du Soleil-inspired extravaganza invites audiences to come with Mr. B to “Bubbleandia” and rediscover the wonder that is all around us.

The iconic Boston Brass ensemble has been captivating audiences of all ages and around the world with their unique brand of entertainment for over 30 years. Lively repartee and a generous helping of humor and personality “bridge the ocean of classical formality” to delight crowds with a wide selection of musical styles in a fun and friendly atmosphere. They’ll be with us on November 3 in partnership with Northwestern College Music Department and Woodbury-Central High School.

Just in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of US involvement in WW1, Orange City Arts is ringing in the holiday season on November 24 with Theatre Latte Da’s All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. On Christmas Day on the Western Front, a German soldier stepped into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht,” thus beginning an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. All is Calm is a musical theatre retelling of this remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it, and accompanied by the timeless and transcendent music of the season.

On February 3, Orange City Arts partners with Mad River Theater Works to present Freedom Riders, a remarkable family-friendly musical exploring the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in American history. Set in 1961, while bus lines and cities throughout the American South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens, the “Freedom Riders” demonstrated how non-violent protest and working together could combat cruelty and affect change. For this special event, all tickets will be available with special “Pay-What-You-Can” pricing!

The extraordinary Shattered Glass Ensemble comes to us on April 4. This conductorless chamber orchestra from NYC has performed repertoire ranging from Mozart to crossover projects with Grammy®-nominated hip-hop artists. In the spirit of collaboration, Shattered Glass members regularly rotate the role of principal player and participate in a democratic system for creating and selecting programs. The result is a fresh and exciting experience that has been resonating with audiences nationwide, from TED talks to Carnegie Hall.

Sales are currently open for All-Access 2017-18 Season Passes, which include VIP access to every event in Orange City Arts’ 40th season—including Summer Suites, our annual art and garden tour in June. Individual ticket sales for each event will open August 19. For details and to order tickets and Season Passes, click the links or call or email: 712-707-4885, Season Passes may also be ordered via mail.

Orange City Arts announces new executive director, Lindsay Bauer

Orange City Arts recently announced its new executive director, Lindsay Bauer.

Bauer graduated from Northwestern College in ’08 with a bachelor’s in theatre. She is one of the early organizers of the local theater troupe, The SchoolHouse Company, and served as its director of education. She then worked in Chicago as the after-school programs coordinator with American Theater Company.

And now, back in Orange City with her husband Cody and son William, Bauer is the program director of OCStages/ Orange City Youth Theatre and acts professionally with Vandal Theatre Lab and Swander Woman Productions. She assisted in the planning of Orange City Arts’ summer festival—Arts on Central 2016, and she produced An Evening of Dance for OC Arts in January ’17. In December, she acted in The SchoolHouse Company’s production of Little Women.

The Bauers made a conscious decision to move to Orange City two years ago. “When debating where to settle down and raise our young son,” said Bauer, “we chose to return to Orange City to rejoin this unique community of artists, philosophers, activists and believers.”

She is joining the Orange City Arts team this month, following the resignation of executive director Janine Calsbeek. Calsbeek has served as Orange City Arts director for eight years.

“I’m excited to have Lindsay take the reins,” said Calsbeek. “She’s passionate about the arts, and she’s a great communicator and teacher. She’s organized too. To use her words, she’s ‘detail-obsessed.’”

Calsbeek expressed appreciation to the community, city, donors, board members and volunteers. “This community is full of supportive and enthusiastic people. I’m unspeakably grateful for the privilege of working in the arts, with the people, here.”View More:

Bauer is becoming director of Orange City Arts during the year of its 40th anniversary. The non-profit arts organization is committed to enriching the community by showcasing world-class artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent. Orange City Arts receives approximately 35 percent of its annual budget from the City of Orange City, the rest from local donors, admission fees and grants.