Public performances always accompany a music camp, workshop orfestival and there are thirty scheduled from now through mid-August.Concerts by the Center’s nationally recognized jazz faculty arescheduled on June 29, July 1,2,6,7,8, and 9. From mid-July to mid-August performances include concert band faculty, show choirs, andworld renowned saxophonist, Eugene Rousseau. Visit the Art Centerwebsite for a complete list of performances and details about itscamps, workshops and festivals: www.shelllakeartscenter.org or callthe Center at 715-468-2271.
Theatre in the Woods
In response to an "exemplary application" submitted by Theatre in theWoods, the Wisconsin Arts Board has awarded this Washburn Countyorganization a rank of 19 (out of 163 requests) and $2500 to be usedto support future programming.Theatre in the Woods calls home the Erika Quam Memorial Theater inShell Lake. Founded in 1990, they provide 4-6 community theatreproductions a year, with a concert series of regional artists betweenstage productions. Arts board panel comments gave a lot of credit toTitW for "notable leadership". Complimenting TitW for submitting "anexemplary application", one panel member noted that "a lot of community theatres make a claim for varied programming; theseguys are actually doing it". Other strengths itemized on the applicantsummary are: - responsible organization, - earned income is good,- Pizza and a play program, - community collage project, -endowment, - well-written application. For "best practice" they arecommended for their method of tracking volunteer time.The $2500 grant will fund approximately 9% of TitW's annual budget.Support from the community by way of donations accounts for 30-40%, and income from productions provides the balance of moneyneeded to maintain the organization as well as pay the bills for theirhome, "The Quam", which before 2000 was the Shell Lake UnitedMethodist church. Money to purchase the building was donated toTitW by Peter and Karen Quam, as a memorial to their daughter Erika.The annual summer youth program provided by TitW received positivecomment by the Arts Board panel. This year co-directors Emily Vandaand Emily Hagen will be producing the original play "Excalibur".