Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Kim and Reggie Harris, a husband and wife duo who have been performing internationally for over thirty years, will present “Music of the Underground Railroad” for kindergarten through third grade students in all Darke County and Greenville City schools from September 21 through September 25. 

The first artists presented in Darke County Center for the Arts' Arts In Education series this season, Kim and Reggie will use sing-alongs, audience participation and a multi-media presentation to share facts and legends of a memorable chapter in American history. These performances are free and open to the public. “In addition to their amazing musical abilities, Kim and Reggie are widely admired for their ability to provide a universal understanding of the secrets and passion of this powerful and historic era,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “We are excited to bring these exceptional artists to local schools, and believe that their performances will have a positive effect lasting well into the future,” Rawlins concluded.

According to Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of DCCA, the arts organization will present outstanding performing artists to students in all grades of each local public school during the upcoming year, taking the show to the audience and reaching youngsters who otherwise might never be exposed to high quality arts performances. “Our A.I.E. program is appreciated and praised by educators who understand the life-enhancing benefits of arts exposure for youngsters and are grateful for the opportunity to offer their students excellent shows at no cost to the students,” Ms. Jordan stated.

DCCA's Arts In Education presentations are sponsored by Target, DP&L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Edison Community College, Richard Baker, BASF, Family Health, and Littman-Thomas Agency. Funds have also been received from Helen Hawkey Music Project of the Darke County Foundation, and the Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation. The Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Trust, Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust, and the Ketrow Foundation are also major contributors to DCCA's A.I.E. program. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The local school districts and DCCA membership contributions also help with funding for Arts In Education.

The performances by Kim and Reggie Harris are coordinated with the schools' schedules. For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

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