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August 2013 Spotlight: Midland Center for the Arts + Jennifer Stumm

Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI presented Jennifer Stumm in February 2013. This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and a masterclass for local string students. Midland Center for the Arts originated when six local arts organizations joined forces in 1971 to address a growing community’s need for adequate performing, studio, and museum space. With a facility designed by Alden B. Dow, the Center is a non-profit, public foundation that represents its six members: The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Arts, Center Stage Theatre, Midland Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage Choirs, MATRIX:MIDLAND, and The Midland County Historical Society. Over the years, the organization has hosted professional musicians and entertainment, including the Boston Pops, Norah Jones and Lyle Lovett, as well as critically acclaimed exhibitions such as The Nature of Diamonds, A T. Rex Named Sue, Grossology, and Timeless Warriors & Relics: 1500 Years of Ancient China.

July 2013 Spotlight: Iowa State Center + Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez

Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa presented Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez in October 2012. This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and workshops and discussions over three days. The Iowa State Center at The University of Iowa selects their season to reflect the highest quality possible within their budget. The season typically includes the disciplines of music, theater, dance, family, and popular programming for the mainstage. Outreach includes pre-show discussions, study guides, post-show question-and-answers, and previews to select audiences, including underserved social service clients. The Center also hosts a school-time matinee series for K-12 students which are related to the school’s curriculum. Audiences are from Central Iowa and are within a 150-mile area, including nearby rural communities. In addition, The Center partners with area high schools to give students the opportunity to see a performance, meet visiting artists, and journal about their experience for English credits.

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