Wednesday, February 8, 2017


We Banjo 3 performs as part of DCCA's Arts In Education programming for local public High School students, thanks to support from Arts Midwest Touring Fund.  We Banjo 3 will also perform for a sold out audience at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 4th.
Feb 2, 2017 – Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.

Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support DCCA in their upcoming engagement of We Banjo 3. Arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry – thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding.”

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. “Without the assistance of Arts Midwest, DCCA could not bring internationally-acclaimed artists like We Banjo 3 to our underserved 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.

Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond. For more information on Arts Midwest please visit

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on their 2016-2017 CONNECTIONS season contact the DCCA Office at (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at

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