Dean Holly Receives Grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation

Rich Holly, right, accepting the check from Larry Bolles of the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board

Rich Holly, Dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, is pleased to announce that he has received a $2,500.00 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The funds from the grant will help in the partnership created with Arts Midwest to bring the Arts Midwest World Fest to DeKalb County during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

Working with the superintendents and other representatives of DeKalb Schools, Sycamore Schools, and Sandwich Schools, Dean Holly is excited about Arts Midwest World Fest coming to the county. "Arts Midwest World Fest will bring four internationally-touring music acts to DeKalb County, one per semester, over the next two school years," he stated. "Each of the four partners - NIU, DeKalb Schools, Sycamore Schools and Sandwich Schools, will have each group in residence for one full day, working with children in the schools, teaching the students about the music of the country from which they hail," he explained.

Holly goes on to note that this is a unique opportunity not only due to the great exposure the students will have to these artists and their music, but to also learn about the customs and culture of other lands.

In addition to spending several days working with school children and NIU students, each group will perform a public concert at the end of their one-week residency.

The first group to appear as part of Arts Midwest World Fest will be Bandolino, from Israel, in September. In January of 2014, the group La Vent du Nord, from Quebec, will be in residence. The groups for the following school year will be from China and Brazil.

As more specific details become known about each group's appearance and their public concert, promotional notices and materials will be sent to area news outlets.

"In particular I want to thank the Superintendents of the county school districts," Holly stated. "It's a joy to work with passionate people who all have the same vision of bringing the world to their students."

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