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...

Announcing our 2015 Arts Midwest Conference Co-Chairs

Dec. 09, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Paul Beutel, Programming Director at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and Kevin Spencer of Spencers: Theatre of Illusion, have accepted our invitation to serve as co-chairs for the 2015 Conference.

Paul and Kevin have been deeply involved in the Conference in previous years and are ready to share their great ideas for this year’s...

Identity and the American Landscape

Dec. 04, 2014

Stephen Manuszak, program manager for international initiatives, traveled to China for two weeks at the beginning of November along with Cathy Barbash, Arts Midwest’s senior China advisor. During the visit, Stephen and Cathy helped conclude Identity and the American Landscape, a visual arts program featuring the work of Chinese-American and Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie.


November 2014 Spotlight: Three Rivers Arts Council + New York Kammermusiker

Nov. 14, 2014

Three Rivers Arts Council in Wahpeton, ND presented New York Kammermusiker in September, 2014.

This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured public performances and a masterclass.

Three Rivers Arts Council has been working in the communities of Wahpeton, North Dakota and Breckenridge, Minnesota, and the surrounding area, since 1995. Their work focus on creating local ownership, understanding, and appreciation for the arts and how...