In just under 5 years the HCA has grown from a “what if” idea to a fully realized thriving hub for the arts. 2015 has been another year of creative growth and exciting momentum for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts:
The Annual Night for the Arts, our most important fundraiser of the year, saw record attendance and raised over $19,000 to directly support HCA’s programming and operating expenses. The Annual Night for the Arts has quickly developed a reputation as a premier community event.
Save the Date for the 5th Annual Night for the Arts on March 5, 2016. Enjoy dinner, live music, and dancing all set to the theme of the Kentucky Derby, which means bow ties, big hats, mint juleps and a full bourbon bar. Tickets go on sale December 1st
The creation of ARToberfest – a new family friendly festival built around interactive art experiences, collaboration, and creative play was a big hit. Families spent the day Big Wheel Action Painting, working together on the community build and taking turns at the giant paint by number.
Afterschool Art Club launched this fall and all sessions quickly filled with eager young artists. Made possible through a grant from the I.J. Burich Family Foundation, the program gives elementary aged children in-depth art experiences designed to engage and inspire the imagination.
The addition of our new full time Program Assistant, Haley Jacobsen. Haley provides critical administrative and programming support, as well as curates the HYPE 15 Social Group
A partnership with the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum allowed us to present a series of artworks from their permanent collection. The exhibit “Faces of the Past: 19th Century Crayon Portraits” included a gallery talk from Lori Pickell-Stangel.
The unique platform of collaboration and resource sharing at HCA is the key to our rapid growth and success. Together, with our 12 arts and culture partner organizations we are Bringing Arts to Life. If you have attended an art activity in this community, there is a strong chance it was produced by one of these outstanding groups. In fact, for a community of this size the diverse offering of arts and culture activities speaks to just how much the arts are valued and appreciated. Some of our partners’ achievements this year include:
- Hutchinson Concert Association launched a youth scholarship program and hosted its first master class for 40 local high school band students
- River Song Music Festival will be featured on Pioneer Public Televisions 2016 season of Postcards
- The Hutchinson Photo Club hosted the first 48 in 48 event – 26 teams registered and submitted over 1000 photos in 48 categories taken over 48 hours.
- Hutchinson Theatre Company and Historic Hutchinson partnered to present the one man show, Old Herbaceous inside the newly renovated Historic Episcopal Church
- South Central Artisans hosted a dynamic range of lectures including a presentation by local fiber artist Carolyn Ulrich.
From new staff and programs at the Center to continued growth among our Partner Groups, HCA is well positioned to enter 2016 and meet the goal of doing and being more – More Accessible. More Connected. More Creative. More Fun.
The Center has renewed its commitment to the visual arts with our Exhibition Series. 2016 will offer regular rotating exhibits showcasing work from local and regional artists with a focus on presenting a diverse slate of artists working in a variety of mediums. The Exhibition Series maintains a space for local artists to share their work while introducing regional artists to our community – demonstrating our expanding role as a burgeoning regional art hub.
2016 Must See Shows:
The Annual Youth Arts Exhibit in May is always popular and an important tradition of celebrating the youngest artists in our community. Thanks to a grant from the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation & the Southwest Initiative Foundation we are able to bring ARTORG to HCA for a Steam Roller Printmaking Event in conjunction with Youth Arts Opening Reception on April 26th. This event is free and open to the public and yes, it includes making a print with a real steamroller!
HCA is proud to serve as organizer and host for the SMAC Region Juried Art Exhibit in June. Juried by Michon Weeks, the regional exhibition will showcase work from artists residing throughout the 18 county SMAC region. Made possible in part through a grant from SMAC, the exhibit will include cash prizes for artists and bring broader visibility to the Center and city of Hutchinson. Click here to see a full schedule for the 2016 Exhibition Series
Communities become richer when more people participate in the arts. The HCA staff and Board of Directors are working hard to reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging more people to feel comfortable interacting and connecting through the arts. This inclusive approach means we are throwing away the “stuffy” notions of art events and replacing them with fun, unexpected ways to be a part of the arts.
HYPE 15 – Curated by HCA Program Assistant, Haley Jacobsen, HYPE 15 is a Young Professional Social Group connecting through the arts. HYPE15 is hip, young, fun – from field trips to a burlesque show, salsa dancing, to escape rooms – and operates on the philosophy of Art as social transmitted communication (STC). To learn more about the group, attend an upcoming event or join the event planning committee contact Haley
Expanding our visibility through Community Outreach activities at local events as we look to building new arts based activities for children and young families.
Youth Arts Education – As interest in our youth arts programming continues to grow the Center is working to build capacity to meet the demand. Watch for more class offerings for children ages 5 through 18 this summer, the expansion of our After School Art Program in the Fall, as well as weekend workshops for kids and adults.
More…..Collaboration and Connection Points
There are so many ways to be involved in the arts and attending an event is really the easiest and most important way to show your support for the arts. Without an active and engaged audience, artists and art cannot thrive and grow. Check out our Events Page for a complete listing of events at the center or with our Partner groups.
As you plan your year- end giving I invite you to consider a donation to the HCA or one of our partner groups. Our secure online form allows you to donate to multiple organizations with just one simple click.
It is common to think of art centers as grand institutions in major metropolitan areas, but the HCA has proven a community of this size can build and support a thriving arts center. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, partner groups, and audiences. Together we are Bringing Art to Life!
I look forward to seeing you soon at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts.