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Van Wezel Teaching Artists Return to the Classrooms

We are delighted to announce that our teaching artists are back live in the classrooms and community centers! We were happy to visit Freda Williams as she led a group through a 3-hour Drama Through Communication class at the Robert Taylor Center. The students had a great time working together

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Olmeca Concludes One-Year Residency with Free Community Concert

The performing arts can address critical issues by sparking important, thought-provoking discussions on a wide array of topics, including social justice and inclusivity; and it is through the arts that we can begin to destroy negative stereotypes and offer a local and global perspective to all who consume it.  It

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Celebrating Arts Education Month: Van Wezel Teaching Artists

The month of March is annually recognized as #ArtsEducationMonth. This year, we honored the Van Wezel Teaching Artists that help make our mission a reality every day. Through a partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education department, the Foundation prides itself on providing a variety of arts integration 

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FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES “NO GALA” CAMPAIGN

The Van Wezel Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, the Inspiration Gala, provides direct support for arts integration programs that serve tens of thousands of students, educators, and families each year. This year, we invite you to be inspired and make a direct impact by participating in our No Gala Campaign.

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INSPIRATION GALA VOTED BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

We are pleased to share the exciting news that the Van Wezel Foundation’s 2020 Inspiration Gala was voted BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT for the Herald Tribune’s Reader’s Choice awards. The awards were announced in today’s issue of the Sunday newspaper. It is an honor to receive the first-place spot– especially in

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CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF LILLIAN HUISKING

Lillian Huisking always loved the arts. Lillian spent her final years in a retirement community, taking the bus to Van Wezel shows. “The Van Wezel really improved the last 10 years of her life,” said Charlie Huisking, her son (pictured above with his mother).  “She loved live performances and fully

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AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST LYNDA BLACKMON LOWERY HOLDS TALKBACK

Thanks to the generosity of the Van Wezel Foundation Friends and donors, the Foundation partnered with the Van Wezel’s Education department to host a Zoom live talkback with author Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest participant in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A musical adaptation of Lowery’s memoir,

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