Community Corner: An invitation to the Fine Arts Feast

By on February 13, 2014

by Maria Dripps-Paulson,
Kaneland Arts Initiative executive director

The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) would like to extend its thanks to those in the community who were able to attend the performances of “The Laramie Project” in January. It was a very special event in partnership with the Kindness Campaign, telling the story of the death of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., through the eyes of the citizens of the town, as well as the people who were directly in touch with the events surrounding his brutal murder.

The event also marked the first performance held in Kaneland’s Black Box Theatre since the opening of the facility in 2005. KAI guests who attended the performance, and members of the production staff, were thrilled to be in the space. The intimate setting and the gripping performances were the perfect combination to create a very powerful message about true acceptance. KAI wishes to thank all involved, cast members, crew, the Kindness Campaign and the audience for starting many important conversations about the good we can produce through positive interactions.

This month, on Friday, Feb. 21, you are cordially invited to attend the fifth annual Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction, to be held at 5 p.m. in the Pine Room at Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant in Sugar Grove. This event is KAI’s fundraiser to invite individuals to become Kaneland Arts Initiative individual arts patrons.

The schedule for the event is as follows:
• 5 p.m. Cash Bar and Silent Auction opens (only persons 21 and older are invited to the event)
• 6:30 p.m. Program begins with dinner

The program will outline the mission and various programs produced by the arts initiative and will include performances by various KAI artists. KAI that evening will also announce the summer musical, held in July. Silent auction items and raffle prizes will be available to win, along with the ever-popular cork pull.

The meal is free to those who attend, and there will be an opportunity for donations to be collected for KAI. Reservations are limited, as there are only 150 seats in the Pine Room. If you are interested in attending this event, call Maria at (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, or email

Upcoming events in the KAI calendar include the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13; the rescheduled Cavern Beat performance, and the summer musical. More information can always be found on the KAI website,, or the KAI Facebook page,

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