Grant awarded to OC Arts Council for January events

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Rural Arts Development Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support Shanren, a music ensemble from SW China, and an urban Latin dance theatre troupe from Los Angeles: Contra Tiempo.

The two ensembles will be in the Orange City area in January.

Shanren (pictured below) will share their culture and music with youth and adults in workshops and assemblies for nine schools, coffee house shows, Village Northwest Unlimited, a library workshop and a public performance. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world through the eyes of musicians from rural SW China,” said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. Shanren will be here Jan 11-16, with the coffee house shows at Fruited Plain Jan. 12 and Old Factory Jan. 13, and the public performance at Unity Knight Center Friday, Jan 16. All shows begin at 7:30pm.

Contra-Tiempo (pictured above) will present “Full Still Hungry,” theatre-dance vignettes about food, consumption and culture. Its opening night was sold out at the Ford Amphitheater in LA. Workshops will also be held – teaching a community-building form of salsa from Cuba. The public performance is Saturday, Jan 31 at 8:00pm at Unity Knight Center.

Both ensembles will bring the community together, said Calsbeek, learning about ethnic heritages, various music styles and dance. She expects that over 1,700 people from Sioux County and beyond to be touched by one or both of these ensembles.

Concerning the grant, Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra said: “It’s great to hear that the Orange City Arts Council received grant funds  from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  This funding will help support two wonderful performances in Northwest Iowa.  I applaud these efforts of the Orange City Arts Council in writing this grant and creating cultural opportunities for rural Iowans!”

Tickets for Shanren are available at the Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council office at city hall, and Northwestern’s music and theatre departments. Tickets for Contra-Tiempo will be available soon. Cost is $10 adult, $7 student. Group rates are available from Orange City Arts.

In addition to the Iowa Arts Council, the Orange City Arts Council is receiving support for Shanren from Arts Midwest and 88 Chinese Restaurant, and for Contra-Tiempo from Joiner and Zwart Family Dentistry.

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