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Arts council receives funding, releases the fall/winter performance schedule

• Star Valley Arts Council continues to seek community partners and board members.

This summer the Star Valley Arts Council received some exciting news.

“The Star Valley Arts Council has received a $6,000 grant from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Tim Hale, president of the Star Valley Arts Council. “This grant is really a game changer for the Arts Council. It not only helps us to continue to operate, but it brings in shows and events we otherwise could not afford.”

According to Hale, the Star Valley Arts Council has long enjoyed community and business support. Adding grant funding to the mix helps the organization continue to provide quality, culturally relevant, family friendly art programs, he said.

“With support from this grant and many community business sponsors, the Star Valley Arts Council is excited to announce part of their upcoming season,” Hale said.

• Fall/Winter Arts Season
The Fall/Winter Star Valley Arts Council Season includes the following performances and events.

• August 30, 6 p.m. – Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on the grounds of the Thayne Community Center.
Duels, deceit, and attempted seduction alight in this comedy featuring the beloved Sir John Falstaff. Watch as he tries to fool two clever women and has the tables turned on him instead.

• October 17, at 7 p.m. – “The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told” will be performed at the Ford Theatre in Afton.
Flung into the future by a musical-loving Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates-turned-actors must perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage! But when their script is partially obscured by a tragic squid ink accident, the crew must turn to the audience to fill in the missing bits of the plot.

• November 2019 – Handel’s Messiah with the Salt River Symphony Chorus.
This Star Valley tradition will feature the talents of local musicians as they perform selections from the beloved “Messiah.”

• December 6, 7 p.m. – Stars in the Valley Christmas Concert will take place at the Star Valley High School.
The Star Valley Arts Council is currently accepting indications of interest to perform in this event.

• January 18, 7 p.m. – BYU Young Ambassadors will perform at the Star Valley High School.The Young Ambassadors combine contemporary music and dance for a fast-paced showcase of American musical theatre. These performers offer a fresh view of America’s culture and ways of life.

• How to get involved
The Star Valley Arts Council continues its search for board members as well as community and business partners, Hale said.

“It takes a strong board to run an Arts Council,” he explained. “We encourage anyone who would like to get involved to contact us at starvalleyarts@gmail.com.”

According to Hale, the arts play a critical role in any community.

“I believe the arts are an essential part of any community,” he said. ‘Not only do they promote economic growth, but they make our communities better, more enjoyable places to live.”

For more information on the Star Valley Arts Council visit starvalleyarts.org or the Star Valley Arts Council Facebook Page.

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