Friday, February 3, 2017

DCCA PRESENTS AWARD-WINNING MUSICIANS IN LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS

Darke County Center for the Arts will present We Banjo 3 for students in local high schools during the week beginning Monday, January 30.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present We Banjo 3 for students in local high schools during the week beginning Monday, January 30; these award-winning musicians from Galway, Ireland will present an Arts In Education program blending American roots music with the traditional Celtic sounds from which those sounds were derived. “This group of amazing musicians has won numerous All-Ireland Championships, and is now winning devoted fans across the United States,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “We Banjo 3 plays music that is new, fresh, and daring, while remaining true to the deep heritage from which that music sprung,” Rawlins concluded.

In addition to the in-school performances by We Banjo 3, which are free and open to the public, DCCA will present the group in concert on Saturday, February 4 as part of their 2016-2017 Artists Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, these performances are made possible by a grant from the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, which engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts in the belief that the sharing of creative experiences builds powerful connections with our community and the world around us. “Without the assistance of Arts Midwest, DCCA could not bring internationally-acclaimed artists like We Banjo 3 to our under served rural community,” Ms. Jordan explained. “DCCA greatly appreciates their commitment to enabling presentations that inspire creativity and joy, and help shape our nation's culture in positive and affirming ways,” she concluded.

DCCA's Arts In Education program is sponsored by Gordon Orthodontics, DP&L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, The Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Edison State Community College, Richard Baker, BASF, and Littman-Thomas Agency, as well as The Mandy Green Fund of The Darke County Foundation, The Helen Hawkey Music Project, DCCA memberships and all Darke County and Greenville City schools. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. 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. DCCA also receives funding from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

DCCA officials schedule Arts In Education programming in cooperation with the schools; for more information regarding exact times of the performances by We Banjo 3 for high school students, contact DCCA at937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. Tickets for the February 4 concert at St. Clair Memorial Hall cost $20, and may be purchased by contacting DCCA or online at www.centerforarts.net.

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