HAYS -- The Fort Hays State University Special Events Committee was among a select group of Midwest arts presenters chosen to receive a 1999-2000 Heartland Arts Fund grant. This award will support the upcoming performance by the nationally renowned North Carolina Dance Theatre. The performance will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the FHSU Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The artists will also present a private lecture demonstration for public schoolchildren of Hays and surrounding areas in Beach/Schmidt at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26.
The Heartland Arts Fund grant that is helping bring the production to Hays is a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance and their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin). It helps presenters of music, theatre, opera and dance introduce professional artists from outside their home states to local audiences. The Heartland Arts Fund received more than 500 applications for the 1999-2000 season of which 323 received funding for a total of over $630,000 of funds designated.
David J. Fraher, Heartland Arts Fund chairman, said, "The FHSU Special Events Committee is to be commended for their commitment to serving their community with this distinctive event. Audiences in the Hays area will have the opportunity to see the exciting work of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, many for the first time, and the Heartland Arts Fund is proud to help support this work and the Special Events Committee."
The North Carolina Dance Theatre has established itself as one of America�s premier dance companies. Founded in 1970 by Robert Lindgren at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, the Dance Theatre is currently led by internationally acclaimed artistic director, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux with Patricia McBride and Jerri Kumery serving as associate artistic directors. The North Carolina Dance Theatre has become one of America�s most successful dance companies. The company will perform a repertory program which embraces the humor, finesse and fun of dance.
Tickets for the performance are available at the Student Service Center in the FHSU Memorial Union. Reserved ticket prices are $16-general public, $14-senior citizens and children 18 and under, $12-FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $12, $10 and $7, respectively. For ticket information call (785) 628-5306.
The Heartland Arts Fund enables individuals and families throughout America�s heartland to share in and to enjoy the arts and cultures of the region as well as the world. The fund works in partnership with private and public arts supporters, including corporations, foundations, the region's 15 state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.