Exciting events are happening at the Arts Center this week! The annual Young Artist Series: Grade School has opened and will be in the gallery through May 9, plus this weekend we will have two performances of a musical and one performance of acoustic music by a young local singer.
The popular musical The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented this Saturday and Sunday. The musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress, using a unique approach: Jamie’s story moves forward from the beginning of the relationship, while Cathy’s begins at the end and moves backward. A recently released film version starred Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
Our production is the result of the efforts of three WIU students. Director Robert Hill is pursuing a BA in directing, while Alex Watson (Jamie) and Kellie Nolan (Cathy) are both part of the Musical Theatre BFA program. All three have worked tirelessly between their classes and other shows to bring this production to life for the Arts Center. We are all very grateful to Gil Belles for underwriting the production.
The Last Five Years will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm. A special performance by LaHarpe native Ashley Olin will precede Sunday’s show at 1:00pm. Ashley is also a Musical Theatre BFA student who will present a program of music titled Bloom Where You Are Planted, assisted by WIU MFA Theatre student Chris Tipp.
Tickets are $10/public; $5/students and will only be sold at the door. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:00pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday.
We at the WCI Arts Center love collaborating with local school to showcase our artistic talents of our regional youth. For the next couple of weeks WCI Arts Center is proudly displaying the work of our local elementary school as part of our Young Artist Series. Come in and see where the next Picasso or Monet got their start!
WCI Arts Center Receives Grant from Moline Foundation
Macomb, Illinois – The West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Square, Macomb, has received a $1200 grant from the Moline Foundation to purchase audio/visual equipment. The equipment will be used during the Flying Monkeys and Flying Squirrels summer arts camps for children and teens, as well as for other arts programming at the Center.
Nan Crossman, Executive Director of the WCIAC, says “We are very grateful to the Moline Foundation for this generous grant. The audio/visual equipment will enhance our current programs and open up new opportunities for us to foster the arts in the region.”
The Moline Foundation (molinefoundation.org), founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations in the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.
The WCI Arts Center (wciarts.org) is a non-profit organization whose goals are to provide a place for artists to gather and share their work, for learning and exploring all the arts and for active participation in arts related activities for all ages.
The Board of Directors of the WCI Arts Center would like to thank the Moline Foundation for their generous contribution towards our continuing development of a strong artistic community in West Central Illinois.
Opening yesterday was WCI Arts Center’s new exhibition, Fibre Arts.
It is chock full of amazing weaving, knitting and multi media work created by our area artists. The opening reception is on Friday from 4:30–6:30. Feel free to come and enjoy the company of some talented artists!
Alert all you trivia buffs – artist or not!!! We had such a fun time at last year’s trivia night, we’re doing it again!
Registration form can be downloaded and dropped off or sent in to the Arts Center. $10 per person registration fee can be dropped off or paid the night of the event. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the chair of the communications committee for the past year I have neglected the newsletter for the WCI Arts Center. This year we have so many new and exciting things planned we have to keep everyone up to date! Today we e-mailed our first newsletter of 2014 and will be snail mailing them to our wonderful members who don’t subscribe via email. I would like to personally thank our members for hanging with us while we tweak our organization into becoming an amazing source of arts news in the west central Illinois region!