St. Ansgar Programs Receive Grant for Arts Education and Fundraising Programs for All Ages | Mason City and Northern Iowa

St. Ansgar Community Betterment, a local nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of the St. Ansgar area, received a $3,000 grant from Humanities Iowa, an affiliate of State of the National Endowment for The Humanities, in support of three arts and humanities educational programs, as well as a fundraising showcase, for middle school, high school, college, and adult residents of Northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

All events take place just before and after the 4th of July weekend this summer at South Square in St. Ansgar. Registration is still open for all events. These programs are a collaboration between St. Ansgar High School alumni and arts professionals Ben Caron, Nancy Nickerson Lee of the Cedar Summerstock Theater and Will Bartz, in conjunction with the Cedar Summerstock Theater Company.

Programs include a half-day performing arts day camp called “Broadway & LA in the Heartland: Professional Masterclass Series for Young Performers,” offering a unique learning opportunity where children in grades 5 through Grade 12 are encouraged to learn from performing arts professionals. in television, film, theater and dance, who traveled to northern Iowa from New York, Los Angeles and other cities to work directly with students. Additionally, college-aged students who traveled to the area to perform with the Cedar Summerstock Theater Company over the summer will each receive a masterclass with the guest teaching artists. The final program, for local adults, is the “Heartland Voices: Songwriting & Storytelling Program & Showcase”. This is for participants of all experience levels and will be offered in three 2-hour sessions, where each participant can take part in original story and song workshops with guest teacher artists. At the end of the program, participants have the opportunity to present their song or story in the public showcase.

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The public storefront for all three programs is at South Square in St. Ansgar. Titled “Turn Up for The Arts,” it will take place on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. and will feature local residents of all ages, as well as teaching artists, sharing their creative works with the community. The showcase will also feature an optional meal, prepared by international guest chef, Dennis Starks. The showcase and meal are voluntary donations, and all donations will go directly to St. Ansgar Music Supporters and the Theater Program to fund St. Ansgar High School’s music, theater and choir programs. Registrations are always open for all programs and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to participate in the program but are unable to pay, please register anyway and the program will gladly accept you.

● Register for the performing arts day camp for young people:

● Enroll in the Adult Writing and Storytelling Program:

● Turn Up For The Arts fundraiser/presentation:

“Heartland Voices”: Songwriting and Storytelling Program and Showcase for Adults

● Session 1: Saturday July 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

● Session 2: Sunday July 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

● Session 3: Wednesday July 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

● Showcase rehearsal: Wednesday July 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. *by appointment

● Enroll in the Adult Writing and Storytelling Program:

“Broadway & LA in the Heartland: Youth Professional Masterclass Series

● Date: Tuesday July 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

● Register for the performing arts day camp for young people:

“Turn Up For The Arts: Fundraiser and Showcase for St. Ansgar High School Music &

● Date: Wednesday, July 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

● Turn Up For The Arts fundraiser/presentation:

LOCATION: All sessions and the showcase take place at the South

Square in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

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