Thanks to all for concerts in park [UPDATED]Published 9:15am Thursday, September 5, 2013 Updated 11:17am Thursday, September 5, 2013
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it takes a village to maintain a community arts organization like A Center for the Arts.
Now that we are officially done with Concerts in the Park for the year, I want to take one more opportunity to thank everyone that is involved in helping make those happen.
We continue to see Thursdays grow with free movies, more food vendors, and greater audience numbers.
I don’t know about anybody else, but I have a blast on Thursday nights in Fergus Falls.
Thank you to Otter Tail Telcom/Park Region Telephone for providing free wi-fi during both the concerts and the movies, and for sponsoring all the free movies for the season.
Thank you to all of the musicians and performers who agree to provide us with almost two hours of great entertainment.
Thank you to the volunteers who come to clean the picnic tables before each concert.
Thank you to the ice cream truck, popcorn wagon, local produce growers and bakers, and the food vendors for providing everyone with great food to enjoy at the park.
Thank you to all of our sponsors whose financial support goes a long way in helping us cover our costs and continue to provide these concerts at no charge to the community.
And thank you to all of you who come out to the park to enjoy the evening and generously give your donations to ensure that we have more concerts next year.
I love the collaborative and communal nature of much of what we do at the Center.
It is a joy, as well as essential to our survival, to work with others in the community.
Forming creative partnerships helps us ensure that we are able to bring quality arts experiences to as many people as possible in the community.
Tonight, Thursday, September 5, there is an art reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Kale Art Contest that the Kaddatz Gallery invited anyone and everyone to be a part of this summer.
It was tied to the “One Vegetable, One Community” project that focused on the vegetable kale.
Luckily, the Kaddatz agreed to let A Center for the Arts display some of the contest entries here in our lobby for the month of September. Another great collaboration!
Our lobby will be open during the reception and people are invited to visit both the Center’s lobby at the Fergus Theatre and the Kaddatz Gallery to see all the amazing kale-inspired artwork created by local community members.
There will be kale treats from various restaurants that participated in the “One Vegetable, One Community” project, as well as artists on hand to talk about their contest entry.
Fergus Falls is alive with arts opportunities and as we head into the Fall I have a feeling there will only be more to come.
I hope to see many of you at the upcoming events and look forward to sharing art experiences with you.
Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant for A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.