News & Events

January 2015 Spotlight: Harris Theater for Music and Dance + Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet

Jan. 14, 2015

Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, IL presented The Sphinx Virtuosi in October 2014.

This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured public performances and a K-12 discussion + performance.

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance serves as a unique model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations in music and dance. Their primary mission is to partner with an array of Chicago’s...

Events & grant opportunities on the horizon

Jan. 06, 2015

Arts Midwest is excited to launch 2015 with a full slate of programming and events for audiences across our region and the nation.

Arts Midwest World Fest and Caravanserai continue their seasons with some great musicians and filmmakers, and the George Morrison exhibition comes home to Minnesota in February. Additionally, grant opportunities abound for both regional and national programs managed by Arts Midwest.


What does it mean to buy a mountain?

Dec. 19, 2014

A letter from our President & CEO, David Fraher.

Almost ten years ago, I traveled to the village of Ishikawa in Japan and spent a day with a gentleman named Asano, the chairman of a family-owned business called Asano Taiko. I was meeting with Mr. Asano to request a contribution of taiko drums for the Eitetsu Hayashi residencies we were coordinating in Dublin and Cleveland, Ohio that year. Mr. Asano had just returned from a business trip and when I inquired about...

Robert Stearns (1947–2014)

Dec. 17, 2014

Robert Stearns, whose career in the arts spanned more than four decades, five continents, and multiple art forms, passed away at his home in Palm Springs, CA, on December 3, 2014 after a brief illness. He was 67 years old.

A native of Southern California, Stearns received a BFA from the University of California-San Diego in art history in 1970. Upon graduation, he relocated to New York, where he became the assistant director of the Paula Cooper Gallery, the first...

December 2014 Spotlight: Luther College + LA Theatre Works

Dec. 15, 2014

Luther College in Decorah, IA presented LA Theatre Works in October 2014.

This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance, a k-12 performance, and campus and community wide discussions surrounding the themes of the performance and how they play out in the community today.

The Center Stage series at Luther College aims to present quality performing artists to both the campus and the community as a...