Art center mission is to connect people [UPDATED]Published 9:41am Thursday, January 9, 2014 Updated 11:42am Thursday, January 9, 2014
Part of our mission here at A Center for the Arts is to connect artists and audiences.
Perhaps one of the biggest joys of working somewhere like the Center is doing exactly that — connecting people.
Whether it’s through shared arts experiences, volunteering at the theater, or exposure to a cultural experience that someone may not have had access to otherwise — we do a lot of connecting the community to artists and connecting artists to our community.
This weekend will be no exception.
On Friday night we are offering a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a dance piece comes together. Thodos Dance Chicago is doing a free documentary premier and choreographer’s talk on the making of their new story ballet all about Helen Keller.
This event is made possible in part by Arts Midwest, Lakes Region Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Join us at 7:30 p.m. Friday, to watch inspirational behind-the-scenes events, experience intimate closed-door rehearsals, and hear compelling insights on the ballet-making process from co-creators Tony Award-winner Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos, as well as many of the TDC dancers who helped bring this inspirational tale of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan to life.
We still have tickets left for their full performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, as well. Thodos Dance Chicago is an innovative dance company described as “breathtakingly athletic,” “powerfully beautiful,” with “vibrant choreography.”
Their performance here in Fergus Falls will include dances choreographed by Bob Fosse as well as many other pieces.
It isn’t only through the performances on our stage that we connect people.
We also connect artists and the community through the displays of local and regional art in our box office lobby.
This month we are fortunate to have beautiful stained glass pieces by Flamingo Glass hanging on our lobby walls.
In fact, the Flamingo Glass artists will be here from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday just before the Thodos Dance show, to meet and greet people.
This art reception is free and open to the public, and a great opportunity to meet the artists behind the work and ask them questions.
Many people aren’t aware that there is a stained glass studio right downtown where you can take classes and make your own pieces. In fact, you can do more than stained glass.
Recently, Dave Messenger and Dennis Mertz (owners of Flamingo Glass) received a grant through Lakes Region Arts Council to offer classes in fused glass.
Dennis and Dave will have information about upcoming classes available at the art reception on Saturday evening.
If you are interested in more information about Flamingo Glass, feel free to stop by their shop in the basement of the Flower Mill, downtown on Lincoln Ave or call 218-736-7877.
There are endless opportunities to connect with people through A Center for the Arts.
We hope you’ll take advantage of them.
For more information about any of our upcoming events, please visit our website www.fergusarts.org
Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.