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Children's Chorale Spring Concert is May 4

The Fond du Lac Children's Chorale will perform their Spring Concert, Sunday, May 4th at 2 pm and 4 pm at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. Under the direction of David Hein, artistic director, this year's concert is titled "Break Free: Songs of Escape." The program explores a range of music that has been significant to protest and emancipation movements around the world -- South African freedom songs, the music of Pete Seeger, African-American spirituals -- as well as music that simply helps us find a sense of escape, such as "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins and John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders." For tickets or information call 920-322-8943.

In it's 15th season, the Fond du Lac Children's Chorale serves children throughout Fond du Lac county drawing from public and parochial schools. It is a resident ensemble of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. Membership is open to all fourth through eighth grade children, by audition. Auditions are scheduled at intervals throughout the school year, to learn more, visit the Children's Chorale at www.fdlchildrenschorale.org, or like us on Facebook.

 

Local arts month starts with Marian professor

Twists, turns and intrigue make a good mystery hard to put down. Those same qualities will make it difficult for you to look away from the exhibit by Hillary Quella set to open this week at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Anthropology of Spirit opens Thursday, April 3. Admission is free for all Thursday as it is the first Thursday of every month. This week will also include a reception for Quella from 5 to 8 pm in the top floor of THELMA’s Contemporary Wing.

Quella’s photography reflects mystery and the human soul, she said. 

“For the curious, life is one continuous effort after meaning,” Quella said. “Individuals, cultures, philosophical theories, and religious ideologies all share a myriad of beliefs in hope of explaining the mysterious and the unknown.”

Quella is an assistant professor of art at Marian University and the owner of Hillary Quella Photography. Her exhibit runs through May 11. May is local arts month at THELMA.

THELMA wants to continue celebrate the community’s diverse and vibrant arts scene all month long with its first membership exhibition. 2014 Membership Exhibition is a juried exhibit open to any member of THELMA, Fond du Lac Visual Artists, Fond du Lac Artists’ Association and Sheboygan Visual Artists. 

The exhibit will be open from May 8 through June 22 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm, May 8 in the Contemporary Wing. The exhibit is open to one work per person and the registration deadline is April 14. 

Jurors are Brandon Bauer, assistant professor of art at St. Norbert College, Shane McAdams, adjunct professor of art at Marian University and Andrew Redington, assistant professor and gallery director at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

For details, registration form and protocols please go to thelmaarts.org and click Upcoming Exhibitions under Art. (http://thelmaarts.org/upcoming-exhibitions/130-2014-membership-exhibition)

THELMA members always receive free admission to the Contemporary Wing. Every first Thursday of the month is free for all. Click thelmaarts.org for hours.    

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

THELMA is a non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor and outdoor 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.

 

Let THELMA Shine!

Key visionaries built Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) for everyone and now THELMA needs your help to shine!

Helping THELMA shine enriches Fond du Lac’s quality of life and creates an attractive community for tourism and economic development. Helping THELMA shine provides for a variety of arts programming that rises to the level of this wonderful building.

“Only through community support can we shine,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Inc. today has announced the “Let THELMA Shine: We’re More than the Arts” Fundraising Campaign. The not-for-profit intends to raise $2 million by December 31. 

 “This public appeal is aimed at supporters of tourism, economic development, the downtown, and of course, the arts. It is our hope that you realize that THELMA means a great deal to our community and that this is not just THELMA’S time, but Fond du Lac’s time,” Miller added. 

THELMA as a regional destination

THELMA has already been touted as a regional destination around the state as Miller has been sharing the “THELMA story” in Madison, Eau Claire and Sheboygan. Thousands of people have already experienced THELMA through the numerous events at the downtown arts center. 

The unprecedented generosity of the Fond du Lac area is proudly on display at THELMA. THELMA has been the venue for numerous community fundraisers boasting record attendance and donations, Miller said. In the first four months of operations, THELMA has assisted non-profits in raising over $138,000. 

Now, the community has the opportunity to make a real difference in the future of Fond du Lac, the region, and the state by contributing to the “Let THELMA Shine: We’re More than the Arts” Fundraising Campaign. Help THELMA shine.

If you haven’t had the chance to see the entire facility, tours of THELMA may be scheduled by contacting us at 920.921.5410 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here if you would like to donate now.

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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor and outdoor 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.

Yoga classes set for Contemporary Wing

A six-session Vinyasa Flow yoga class will begin March 20 in the Contemporary Wing of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA). 

Amy Jarvis is the Vinyasa yoga instructor. Vinyasa Flow links breath with movement. This is a strengthening, flow-style yoga. Participants should be physically healthy, and options are offered for many poses to meet you where you are today in your practice. 

Experience calmness, inner-strength and self-acceptance with a one hour yoga class in a beautiful gallery setting at THELMA. 

The class will be held Thursdays, March 20 – April 24 at 9 am. To register for the class, go to thelmaarts.org and click tickets. The cost is $90. However THELMA members receive 20% off. Drop-ins are welcome to any of the sessions. Just pay at the front desk when you arrive. The cost for a single session is $15 ($12 for THELMA members).

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

Bring your own mat, a towel and bottle of water. 

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts is a beautiful and historic destination providing our community with outstanding arts experiences not readily available in the area.  

 

THELMA recognized as economic catalyst for downtowns

Two Wisconsin cities, officials in Madison and the state's tourism industry are paying attention to what was accomplished in Fond du Lac – specifically the expansion and renovation of its downtown arts center.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is on the map as a regional arts center and being touted as an example of how a thriving arts center can be a catalyst for economic development in downtowns, said THELMA Executive Director Kevin Miller.

Miller has given presentations recently in Sheboygan and Eau Claire. Representatives from both cities requested Miller speak about the privately funded renovation and expansion of THELMA and the process to develop an Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fond du Lac. 

“This is extremely gratifying because we have long felt that the expansion and renovation of THELMA and the creation of the arts and entertainment district is a game changer for the area,” Miller said.

Miller shared THELMA's story in a presentation at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism held in Lake Geneva in March. He also represented THELMA and the Wisconsin Arts Board, of which he is a Governor Scott Walker appointee, in Madison as he advocates for the Creative Economy Development Initiative. Miller recently testified before the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee, and the Assembly Tourism Committee. Both committees have since passed the initiative. 

The Creative Economy Development Initiative is a public/private partnership to leverage and grow assets and resources throughout Wisconsin. The Arts Board would administer the initiative in a 2:1 matching grant program. 

The Initiative must go to the Joint Finance Committee and both the Senate and Assembly prior to being signed into law by Governor Walker.

“The bottom line is that an arts center means so much more to a community than the paintings on the walls,” Miller said. “Yes, it is a quality of life amenity but it also means economic development, tourism and jobs for the community.”

“This is a great gift for Fond du Lac,” Miller added.

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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor and outdoor 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 Link

 

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Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920.921.5410
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