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Students, school receptive to arts [UPDATED]

Published 10:23am Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated 12:24pm Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Center for the Arts would like to thank the area schools and students for being receptive to arts education and allowing us to bring so many of our performers to the schools for outreach educational programs.

What great educators in music, theatre, art, dance, literature and physical education this area has. Arts education and live performance is vital to the long term existence of AC4TA.

We realize and understand that the schools can be hard pressed to ask for additional monies from parents or boosters to attend arts events and that time, more than anything, is in short supply.

We have had the opportunity for years to work with the following as part of our outreach programing: Fergus Falls K-12 in lyceums at the Kennedy Secondary school where artists played to virtually every K-12 student.

We have also had artists work with classes and groups like the orchestra and band, string students, flute students, garage band, and dance in the physical education classes.

AC4TA has also visited the Underwood School, M State Band, UW Morris theatre students and area dance students.

The third grade classes attended a screening of the documentary, “Antarctica: A Year on the Ice,” recently and we filled all the student performances of Dance and Dessert in December.

In just a few weeks Project Trio will be performing to Kennedy students.

This past season seven of the eight major performing groups will have worked with the youth of our area.

In addition this past summer we produced Disney’s “Jungle Book” with more than 80 youth on stage.

There is an extra cost for the outreach, approximately $500 per program and the youth musical costs thousands.

Sponsors have been very generous in the past. Please thank them for making so much of this possible.

If you or your business has not been afforded the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of area youth through our programing please call so we can get you the sponsor information.

As we are preparing to announce next year’s season which runs from September 2014 through May of 2015, at 7 p.m. Friday, with desserts starting at 6:30 p.m.

All contracted artists in next year’s Center Series will be doing outreach programs.

In addition, four college facility groups performing classical music in our “On Stage” concerts will also work in the area schools.

We will hold auditions on May 17 for Disney’s, “Little Mermaid,” our youth summer musical in June.

The director believes at this age the arts need to be completely inclusive and all youth trying out for “Little Mermaid,” who can make the rehearsals, will be in the show.

To quote a wonderful lyric, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.”

Teachers, administrators, staff and everyone who work with our area youth “thank you” for making a difference.


Michael Burgraff is the director at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

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