Active Arts Scene offers Year-Round Entertainment in Orange City

This article was written by Sharon Vermeer for the Vibrant Orange City Magazine published by Pluim Publishing.

Executive Director Emi Andrulewich is proud of what Orange City Arts was able to accomplish this past summer. “we were able to feature 13 performances, 43 visual artists, and three worships, exposing over 5,000 people to art this summer!” With an average attendance of around 200 at the bandshell in the downtown park, people from Orange City and surrounding towns enjoyed a variety of singers and musicians, pulling out their lawn chairs to enjoy the beautiful summer nights. Just as important as the music were the Regional Art Show, Youth Art Show, and the Featured Artists, open to be seen in the Stadscentrum in downtown Orange City. For children, there were workshops on ballon animals, drumming, and a week-long theater workshop.

The winter line-up began October 19 with mezzo-soprano Melody Wilson of Austria, paired with Northwestern College professor Juyeon Kang on the piano. The event was hosted by NWC and Orange City Arts and funded in part by the Glichrist Foundation.

Hollander Jazz rings in Christmas with their third annual night of the holiday, and classic jazz hits on November 27. On January 27, An Evening of Dance will feature five or more local dance troops, dazzling the audience with various dance forms. February 10, Orange City Arts will host An Enchanted Evening, a fundraising event featuring local singers and musicians. Performers will sing songs from past Night Shows, bringing back many memories.

Teada, a group from Ireland, is returning for a repeat performance on March 8. Back by popular demand, the group of Irish singers will perform in the Event Center, They are returning thanks to a partial grant given by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council.

“We are very excited about our Main Stage season lineup,” Andrulewich smiled. “We have a wide variety of excellent performers that we look forward to sharing with the community!”