The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has recently donated funds to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs. “DP&L’s very generous support of the Arts in Darke County is highly appreciated and enables DCCA to present programs that will have a positive and lasting impact on the children of our community, enabling them to learn and grow through the Arts,” stated DCCA’s Executive Director Julie Strait.

Family Theater Series programs are presented at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoons at St. Clair Memorial Hall and are open to the public. Programs are generally based on children’s literature; ticket prices are only $5 thanks to the donations of generous sponsors. DCCA’s 2010/2011 Family Theatre Series includes three performances; already presented was The Rainbow Fish by ArtsPower. On January 23, DCCA will present a unique retelling of Leo Lionni’s beloved tales Frederick, Swimmy, and Inch By Inch. Presented by the same company who last year brought to town the very popular, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites, Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia is known for their creative puppets and wonderful ingenuity. The final show in this season will be shadowgraph artist, mime, and master conjurer, Leland Faulkner, introducing the audience to his World of Wonder on March 13. Tickets are available one month prior to each show at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, and Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles. Call DCCA to reserve tickets now at (937) 547-0908 or e-mail DCCA@CenterForArts.net. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the performance.

Through Arts In Education, and in conjunction with local schools, performing artists are annually taken to each grade of every public school in Darke County, ensuring that children in the community have the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the amazing experiences that can only be found in live performances. Artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all eight public school districts in Darke County. Arts In Education programs for 2010/2011 began with Lyle Cogen’s Sticks and Stones presentations to students in grades K-3, focusing on meeting the challenges of bullying. Concert pianist Alpin Hong will demonstrate the underlying impact of music in today’s world to Junior High school students in his program Movies to Games, Classically Trained, on February 3rd and 4th. Allan Wolf will visit all Darke County High schools the week of February 15th with Got Rhyme?, helping students discover the transforming power of language. And shadowgraph artist, mime, and master conjurer Leland Faulkner will complete the season with his World of Wonder for students in grades 4-6 the week of March 7th.

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