Friday, October 12, 2012


Julie Horzsa of BASF with Elgin Kelly, TheatreWorks USA
BASF has recently donated funds to sponsor Darke County Center for the Arts’ (DCCA) 2012-2013 Arts in Education program. “BASF has been a loyal supporter of the arts for many years; their commitment to expanding the education of our students through the arts is very much appreciated,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. The Greenville, Ohio plant produces coatings for the automotive industry as well as resins for undercoating on vehicles.

Through Arts in Education DCCA annually presents performing artists to students at all grades of all Darke County and Greenville City Schools. Pictured above, Elgin Kelly of TheatreWorks USA presented The World of Anne Frank to Jr. High school students on October 4th and 5th. Told through the eyes of a friend, Ms. Kelly brought history to life through an interactive video presentation that included real photos of Anne Frank, concentration camps, and footage of happenings from that period in history.

Upcoming Arts In Education programs will include Freestyle Music Writing with Jonathan Kingham for high school students on November 12-15. Eisenhower Dance Ensemble’s Kids ‘n Motion will inspire students in grades 4 through 6 to learn, create, and enjoy dance on February 25 – March 1, 2013. And completing the season, Kid Power’s Operation Lunch Line, a musical show using spectacular visual effects in 3-D, will teach students in grades K-3 the value of nutrition on March 11-15, 2013.

During the past season Darke County Center for the Arts served over 11,600 youth and adults through various activities. Sponsorships for Arts In Education and other DCCA programs are still available. For more information contact Julie Strait at 937-547-0908, Keith Rawlins at 937-564-1883, or refer to DCCA’s website at .

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