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DCCA to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund

DCCA has been selected to receive funding to present Emmy award-winning Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience.

Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) 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 Ohio 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 Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support Darke County Center for the Arts in their upcoming engagement of Shaun Johnson & The Big Band Experience. 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.” Darke County Center for the Arts recently presented the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience as part of their Virtual Arts in Education programming to 7th & 8th grade Darke County public school students and are partnering with the two holiday favorites Be Home For Christmas” featuring Tonic Sol-fa and the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Only 200 tickets are available for this "pay what you will" VIP event; visit DCCA’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.

These family-friendly, fan favorite bands bring their acclaimed show to us with a virtual performance catered to each tour stop. Preview brand new songs in high definition, fall in love with yule-time favorites and connect directly with members of Tonic Sol-fa and the Big Band Experience as you watch. “This holiday concert is like no other, but without doubt will inspire the joy of the season and spread holiday cheer,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. 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. For more information on Arts Midwest please visit 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. Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on their 2020-2021 Vision season contact the DCCA Office at (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at

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