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THELMA’s Arts Day Camp takes kids on a theatrical journey in Alice in Wonderland

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that this year’s Arts Day Camp – On Stage @ THELMA will feature Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

During the two-week camp, fourth through eighth grade students will learn the lines, the songs and the choreography, and build the sets. On the final day, students will perform the play.

“THELMA held this camp for the first time last summer and it was an exciting and moving experience for all involved,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director. “It’s remarkable to watch kids grow and gain confidence in such a short time.” 

The camp is sponsored by advocates for arts education programs for kids, as well as U.S. Bank and Wisconsin Arts Board.

Again this year, THELMA will collaborate with the Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac to provide scholarships for kids who have the desire to participate but may not be able to afford the camp. Last year, two children received scholarships.

The day camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, August 1 – 12. Two performances will be held Friday, August 12 including a 5:30 pm performance for family and a 7:30 pm performance for the community. There is no admission for the performance but a ticket will be required to ensure seating. 

David Hein, assistant professor of music at Marian University and director of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale at THELMA, will direct the production again. Hein has more than 25 years of experience directing and producing children’s theater, including productions such as “Robin Hood” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” 

The children will also gain hands-on experience with set design by working with visual arts instructor Anoush Cowles. Cowles teaches at Evans and Rosenow elementary schools. She brings a passion for children’s creative process to the production.

To register, visit thelmaarts.org and click Tickets, or stop in THELMA at 51 Sheboygan, downtown Fond du Lac, or call 920.921.5410.

The fee is $175 ($140 for Friends of THELMA).

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. The Contemporary Wing has free admission and is open to all. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Milwaukee’s hottest band GGOOLLDD returns to THELMA

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced GGOOLLDD, the hottest band in the Milwaukee music scene, returns to perform June 3.

Synth-pop group GGOOLLDD has quickly blazed a glittery trail since the band’s inception in 2013. The addictive electro-pop fizzes with the energy keeping the dance floors full. The band recently performed at Turner Hall and Cactus Club in Milwaukee, and several shows at South by Southwest in Austin.

Sponsors make this concert possible. Platinum sponsors are The Goldsmith and First Weber/Winfield Homes. Gold Sponsors are Uecker Witt Funeral Home, Culver’s Restaurants, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

GGOOLLDD won Best New Artist and Best Song at the 2015 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards.

Marielle Allschwang will open for GGOOLLDD. Shepherd Express describes her as “a born natural solo performer as well, commanding the stage with hushed intensity."

The concert begins at 8 pm, Friday, June 3 in the Great Hall. Doors and the bar open at 7 pm. Tickets start at $12 and are available at thelmaarts.org. This is a standing room only show. 

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Spend 11 Thursdays of summer @ THELMA

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced 11 free concerts will be held on THELMA’s outdoor Plaza this summer.

This concert series, 11 Thursdays of Summer @ THELMA, features a different band each week. Sponsors have made this series possible. Headliner Sponsors are Lillians of Fond du Lac, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith. Opening Act Sponsors are Connie’s Dinner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer of State Farm Insurance and Hometown Bank.

Radio Plus is the media sponsor.

“Without the incredible support of our sponsors – most of which are downtown businesses – THELMA would not be able to provide this concert series free to the public,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director. “Please show your appreciation by supporting our sponsors.” 

Here is the lineup:

June 16 Kip Jones

June 23 Alex Wilson Band

June 30 Copper Box

July 7 Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death

July 14 Andy’s Automatics

July 21 Redfish

July 28 Vivo

August 4 Tallymoore

August 11 The WhiskeyBelles

August 18 Dirk Quinn Band

August 25 Jazz Orgy

Music begins at 7 pm and the bar will open at 6 pm. There is no admission. Food will be available from the Chameleon Food Truck and Downtown Deli to Go.

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in THELMA’s Great Hall.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Co-chairs announced for 2016 Windy Dinner THELMA Style

Justin and Alexandra Smith and Grant and Katie Grinstead have been named as co-chairs of the 16th annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style, the largest fundraising event for Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Windy Dinner THELMA Style is set for Thursday, October 6. Reservations may be made at thelmaarts.org.

Justin Smith is the President and CEO of C.D. Smith Construction Services, In addition to the THELMA Board, Justin Smith is a member of the Marian University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin. 

Alexandra Smith is a member of the Charity Club of Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund. She recently was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac.

Grant Grinstead, of Vir-Clar Farms, is a member of the THELMA Board of Directors. Katie Grinstead, also of Vir-Clar Farms, is the president of the Fond du Lac County Fair Board and the Charity Club of Fond du Lac. She was named to Farm Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class in 2015.

Co-chairs set the fundraising goal, pick the theme of the evening which includes the caterer, as well as decide on the flow of the evening. 

“Sasha and I are honored to be this year’s co-chairs and realize we have big shoes to fill,” said Justin Smith. “Last year’s co-chairs Pat and Rick Miller and Terri and Ron Emanuel set the bar incredibly high with the most successful Windy Dinner THELMA Style ever.”

Katie and Grant Grinstead echo those sentiments. “We are looking forward to adding a few new elements making the event even more fun to attend,” Katie Grinstead said.

The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. The recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award will also be honored.

“THELMA is fortunate to have great support from our board and community as represented by the Smiths and the Grinsteads,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director. “Both couples have dedicated themselves to bettering the community, and they bring that passion to THELMA and this major fundraising event.” 

You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting thelmaarts.org and click tickets.   

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

THELMA joins national stage in celebrating 50 years of NEA

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) helps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in a video celebrating the Wisconsin arts scene. 

THELMA is one of four organizations chosen to share their story. 

The video, entitled United States of Arts in Wisconsin, premiered March 9 at Wisconsin Arts Day. You may view the video here and on the NEA’s website. 

The video gives power and value of Wisconsin arts focusing on four elements: Diversity, access, rural arts, and economic development. Telling these stories are four exemplary Wisconsin arts leaders including Kevin Miller, THELMA’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Wisconsin Arts Board.

“I am proud to be included with the other arts leaders and to be able to share THELMA’s Fond du lac story with our state and nation,” Miller said. “I also feel a sense of gratitude to the Wisconsin Arts Board and the NEA when you consider the effect of the seed grant our organization received back in 1995. Fast forward to the present and see how that small investment has benefited the Fond du Lac community.”

Also in the video are Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker-Bronson, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director, Ko-Thi Dance Company in Milwaukee; Donna Neuwirth, Executive Director, Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg; and Ruth Kohler, Director of Strategic Initiatives, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan.

“Our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts is crucial to the Arts Board’s work,” said George Tzougros, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board. “Their support takes many forms: funding, ideas, counsel, information, which we in turn share with artists, arts organizations, and communities all over Wisconsin.”

In 2015, the NEA has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.  Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and arts organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit here. For information on Wisconsin arts and cultural events, please visit here.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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