Independence Summer Festival of Theatre and Arts
|Country and Region||United States — Kansas|
|Type of Festival||Drama, Music|
|Location of Festival||Independence, Kansas, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
William Inge Center for the Arts
The Inge Center and its host, Independence Community College (ICC), will produce the first Independence Summer Festival of Theatre and Arts, tentatively scheduled for July of 2014.
The multidisciplinary festival will present performances, arts workshops, exhibitions, and concerts in both traditional and nontraditional places. The festival’s centerpiece will be a rotating, four-show repertory of plays that are evocative of rural American themes, both past and present. The William Inge Center for the Arts is best known as sponsor of the annual William Inge Theatre Festival, which is the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas. For information about the William Inge Theatre Festival visit http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/3233.html
|Festival Dates||July 2014|
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the William Inge Center for the Arts, producer of the William Inge Theatre Festival each spring, an “Our Town” grant of $150,000.00. With this grant, the Inge Center will launch a summer arts festival debuting in 2014 and focusing on the arts of rural America.
The NEA granted 80 awards, totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia. The Inge Center is one of only four awardees to receive the maximum grant of $150,000.00, and the only top recipient that is primarily a theatre organization.
Through the “Our Town” program, the NEA supports projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.
“This is a dream come true,” says Inge Center Artistic Director Peter Ellenstein. “Independence will be awash in high-caliber artists of all disciplines, there will be great opportunities for the community to be involved, and should bring many cultural tourists to the town from all over the region.”
“Our Town” grants specifically encourage partnerships among the arts producer and the community. The partners include: Independence Community College, City of Independence, Unified School District 446, Independence Chamber of Commerce, Independence Museum and Historical Society, Independence Public Library, Main Street Independence, Montgomery County Action Council, the Booth Theatre Foundation, and individual businesses.
The NEA received 317 applications for Our Town that were assigned to one of three application review panels based on their project type: arts engagement, cultural planning and design, or non-metro and tribal communities. The Independence Summer Festival of Theatre and Arts received a Non-Metro and Tribal Communities Project grant award.