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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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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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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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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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