Thursday, September 22, 2011


Vectren Foundation has recently donated funds to sponsor Darke County Center for the Arts’ 2011-2012 Arts in Education program. According to Julie Strait, DCCA Executive Director, “DCCA appreciates Vectren’s continued, generous support of the educating students through the arts, enabling the fulfillment of our mission to bring cultural enrichment to the children of our community.” Strait continued, “Vectren’s commitment to supporting the communities they serve encourages our efforts to enhance the lives of children and youth in our rural community through the Arts.”

With Vectren’s support, DCCA will present performing artists to students at all grade levels in Darke County and Greenville City Schools during the upcoming school year. The season opened with Lyle Cogen’s Sticks and Stones, using music and drama to help students in grades 4 through 6 recognize and know how to deal with bullying in the schools. DCCA volunteers escorted the artist to all elementary schools in a schedule coordinated by the Darke County Education office and Greenville City Schools.

Kuniko Yamamoto will share Masks, Mime, and Music of Japan with students in grades K through 3 the week of September 26. Robert Post uses body language, props, music and genius to create a host of hilarious and truly unforgettable characters in Post Comedy Theater, traveling to to high school students the week of October 18 and to Jr. High students on December 7th and 8th.

Additional funding for Arts in Education is provided by the Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans, as well as the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Fund, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Ketrow Foundation, Bocholt Foundation, Greenville Technology, Inc., Greenville Federal, BASF, Littman-Thomas, Mercer Savings, Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Delta Alpha Chapter, and the Criterion Club of Greenville. For more information on Arts in Education programs or Darke County Center for the Arts contact Julie Strait at 937-547-0908, Keith Rawlins at 937-564-1883, or refer to DCCA’s website at .

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