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Jan. 23, 2009
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University receives Mid-America Arts Alliance Performing Arts Grant

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has announced that it was among a select group of Midwest presenters chosen to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance grant. This award will support an upcoming Baker Artist and Lecture Series performance of Step Afrika! at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Rice Auditorium. The stomp troupe will also be involved in community and outreach activities at 11 a.m. at the auditorium.

This presentation is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Arts Commission, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Mid-America Arts Alliance enriches communities through cultural experiences throughout America’s heartland to share in and to enjoy the arts and cultures of the region and world.

“Baker University is to be commended for their commitment to serving their community with this distinctive event,” said Mary Kennedy McCabe, Mid-America Arts Alliance Executive Director. “Audiences in Baldwin City will have the opportunity to see the exciting work of Step Afrika!, many for the first time, and Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to help support this work and Baker.”

During the Mid-America Arts Alliance project, students from Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center and Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center will learn more about the stomp troupe’s intricate kicks and rhythms with an emphasis on teamwork, discipline and commitment.

“It will expose the local students to a unique art form that they might not otherwise experience,” said Ron Holden, multicultural affairs coordinator.

For more information about the event, contact Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series, at 785.594.8421. For more information on MidAmerica Arts Alliance, call Mid-America Arts Alliance staff at 816.421.1388.