A new chapter for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival
by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative
As the new 2013 – 2014 season of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is unveiled, the organization that has brought the fine arts to the Kaneland Community since 1998 will get a few upgrades of its own.
The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is the name for the organization that has brought quality performing and visual arts to the Kaneland auditorium and into the Kaneland schools. Such artists include the St. Charles Singers, the Spellbinder, calligrapher Timothy Botts, glass fusing artist Larry Cimaglio, the NIU Steel Band and Chicago Ballet.
The same organization has produced the ever-popular summer community musicals of “Music Man,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival describes both the organization that produces Arts events for the Kaneland schools, as well as the founding event held annually in April. To better clarify, the organization name will now be called “Kaneland Arts Initiative”—KAI (pronounced “kay-eye.” The outstanding arts programs will continue to be produced by the Kaneland Arts Initiative, as well as the award winning Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, which will take place April 13, 2014.
In addition to the name change, the Kaneland Arts Initiative has a new website, kanelandartsinitiative.org. An updated logo will be revealed soon.
The 2013-14 Kaneland Arts Initiative season promises to uphold the quality and affordability expected of arts programming at Kaneland. The following is the list of events for the upcoming year. More information regarding these events can be found on the new website.
• Friday, Oct. 11—Magical Mystery Show (KAI fundraiser)
• Saturday, Oct. 26—Fox Valley Concert Band Halloween Concert
• Saturday, Jan. 4—Lee Murdock’s annual Hometown Concert
• Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-26, 2014—
The Laramie Project in partnership with the Kindness Campaign
• Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014—The Cavern Beat: a Beatles tribute band
• Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014—The Fine Arts Feast fundraiser
• Sunday, April 13, 2014—The 15th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival
• Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 11-13 and July 18-20—The Summer Theatre Production
New events this season are Las Vegas magician Garry Carson (Magical Mystery Show) in October and the first annual winter theatre production, The Laramie Project, which will hold auditions in November. The Laramie Project is also an event that partners with the Kindness Campaign.
Also new to the Kaneland Arts Initiative is a seven-member Board of Directors instituted to aid in the governance of the organization. The newly approved board members are Deanna Cates, Heidi Gilkey, Peter Lopatin, Laura McPhee, Trisha Mills, Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield and Bonnie Whildin.
Kaneland Arts Initiative is pleased to present its mission to the community, recently upgraded along with the scope and goals, by the KAI Board of Directors:
“We believe in encouraging people’s involvement in, appreciation of, and support for artistic endeavors and fostering the development of artistic abilities.”
We look forward to celebrating a year of the arts with the Kaneland community.
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