Monday, October 10, 2016


Darke County Center for the Arts will present the first performance of their 2016-2017 Arts In Education Series during the week of October 10 when sled dog racing champion and educator Tasha Stielstra performs her program "Pulling Together" for fourth through sixth graders in all local public schools. In addition to providing hands-on activities with actual mushing equipment, the show will feature a sled dog athlete to demonstrate teamwork. This performance is free and open to the public.

"Students will relate to Tasha and her incredible dog as she teaches the core values of being safe, kind, and responsible citizens," said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. "She has combined her years of classroom teaching with her experience of mushing to create an interactive multi-media presentation that will educate the youngsters while they are having a lot of fun," concluded.
DCCA's Arts In Education series annually presents performing artists to students in every grade of all Greenville City and Darke County public schools at no cost to students. In addition to "Pulling Together," this season's programs include We Banjo 3 introducing high school students to Irish music and culture January 30 through February 2, and Jason Farnham exploring piano rhythms and melodies with kindergarten through third grade classes April 6 through 10. Also Audio Body will synthesize music and technology for junior high students in four performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on December 14 and 15.

Sponsors of DCCA's Arts In Education program are DP & L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid Rite, Edison State Community College, The Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Helen Hawkey Music Project, Richard Baker, BASF, and Littman Thomas Agency. 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 A.I.E. program is also funded by DCCA memberships and local schools. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the 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 for in-school performances of "Pulling Together," contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

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