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press release- TitW & SLAC grant

press release- TitW & SLAC grant

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For Immediate Release:June 19, 2008Contact:
Patti Fox 520-0232 email pmfox@centurytel.netOr Mary Hemshrot 468-2271 maplesyrup@centurytel.net orinfo@shelllakeartscenter.org
Area Arts Organizations Receive State Grants
Two area arts organizations with headquarters in Shell Lake havesuccessfully applied for and received state funding through theWisconsin Arts Board. The Arts Board supports local initiativesthroughout the state. The application process is highly competitive andsuccessful applicants have demonstrated that their programming andadministration are of the highest quality.The Shell Lake Arts Center and Theatre in the Woods are pleased toannounce that they are successful recipients of state funding. Eachorganization serves many citizens in northwest Wisconsin and beyondthrough their programs, productions and performances. These grantsare matching grants that have been matched though individualdonations to the organizations.
Shell Lake Arts Center
This is the third Wisconsin Arts Board grant received by the Shell LakeArts Center in recent years. The Arts board review panel noted its “diversity of programming, attention to its economic impact in thecommunity and strong artistic reputation.” The Center ranked 67 out of 163 requests and will receive $4756 for each of the next two fiscalyears. The Center was cited for several “best practices” activitiesincluding working with the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, usingweb based programs to reach a wider audience, and telling its story tothe governing committees of its community. The grant will serve tosupport on-going programming.Since 1968, the Arts Center has provided music and visual arts camps,workshops, festivals and continuing education for youth and adultsthroughout the year. The summer jazz camps are the longest runningin the nation and have provided the model for camps now offeredthroughout the U.S.
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".

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