Heritage Center Selected to Receive Funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund

Jul 12, 2018 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque Heritage Center has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.

“Arts Midwest is proud to support Heritage Center in their upcoming engagement of Femmes of Rock starring Bella Electric Strings. Arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry – thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding,” said Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher.

The Femmes of Rock show takes Bella Electric Strings to a whole new level. The high-energy show features a live rock band with four female electric violinists, new arrangements, original material, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more.

Support provided through Arts Midwest makes it possible for Heritage Center to present premiere artists and to offer educational and outreach activities. In this case, it will enable Heritage Center to bring Bella Electric Strings to Platteville (Wis.) High School for a special lecture/demonstration for music students.

“This funding extends our reach on the magnitude and caliber of guest artists we are able to engage plus it allows for enhanced interaction between artist and area youth through special residency activities,” said Thomas Robbins, executive director of Heritage Center.

The Femmes of Rock starring Bella Electric Strings is part of the 2018-2019 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series and will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in John and Alice Butler Hall

Femmes of Rock can be chosen as part of flexible subscription packages on sale now. Individual event tickets can be purchased beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Farber Box Office; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter. Farber Box Office summer hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nearly 150 Midwest organizations were selected to receive Arts Midwest Touring Fund Grants totaling $348,544 in the 2018-2019 season. These grantees will present 249 performances and conduct over 600 community activities across 111 Midwest communities. 

Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.