Orange City Arts was born on July 11, 1977 with a budget of $1,000, received from the City of Orange City to be used to support performances of “Gianni Schicchi” and “The Old Maid and the Thief” by the Public Opera Company of Northwest Iowa.
Today, Orange City Arts brings our community to life with over 20 arts engagement events annually, in addition to offering ongoing arts classes, workshops, and outreach opportunities with professional artists from around the world. We have a passion for supporting the work of local artists as well as exposing our audience to a variety of performing and visual arts mediums from an array of disciplines and global cultures.
Orange City Arts exists to enrich our community by showcasing artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent.
Orange City will be recognized regionally for our outstanding arts opportunities as well as our civically engaged community of diverse and creative thinkers.
Our Core Values
Discovery: We seek to add to our knowledge of a variety of art forms, techniques, and traditions while also increasing our understanding of the cultures, ideas, and histories of the people and landscapes in the world around us. We understand that the art we present must be of exceptionally high quality in order to afford us these opportunities.
Inclusion: We hold that all art forms, when presented with excellence, are equally valid and we aim to share a wide variety of mediums and disciplines. We likewise strive to create an environment that freely invites all individuals regardless of situation or background to enjoy a seat in our audience or a place on our stage.
Diversity: We find that the best way to promote Discovery and Inclusion is to embrace art forms, artists, and audiences from a multitude of backgrounds, traditions, and philosophies.
Orange City Arts operates year-round, offering ongoing arts education classes, workshops, and artist residencies; 6 Regular Season events from September-April; 12 performances in our Onstage Orange City free summer concert series; an annual regional dance showcase in January; an annual regional art exhibition in the Spring; a biennial tour of art and gardens; and occasional sundry arts engagements as opportunities arise.
Orange City Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. We currently operate with an annual budget of roughly $150,000. The organization is overseen by a board of directors comprised of 12 community members from around the Sioux County area and staffed by Executive Director Lindsay Bauer along with 2 part time office and events staff.