DCCA presents “Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco”


DARKE COUNTY — Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2017-2018 Arts In Education series with legendary performer Terrance Simien presenting his highly acclaimed program “Creole For Kids and the History of Zydeco” for fourth through sixth grade students in all local public schools during the week of October 23 through October 27.

“A fabulous performer who has twice won a Grammy Award, Terrance Simien is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Terrance’s ground-breaking educational program which has reached nearly 500,000 students since its creation teaches the history of the indigenous music of the Creoles of South Louisiana, while evoking the joy to be found within that culture and inducing enthusiastic response from students and educators everywhere.”

DCCA’s Arts In Education program has annually presented high quality artists performing for students in each grade of all local public schools since 1983. These performances are presented at no charge to students, and are free and open to the public.

Terrance and his band The Zydeco Experience will also perform at The Bistro Off Broadway on Thursday, October 26 as part of DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series. The performances by Terrance Simien and his band are supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

DCCA’s Arts In Education Series is sponsored by Bach to Rock, Gordon Orthodontics, DP& L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Edison State Community College, Richard Baker, and Littman-Thomas Agency. DCCA also receives support from Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Oliver Family Fund of the Darke County Foundation, and The Helen Hawkey Music Project. DCCA memberships and the local schools also help fund A.I.E. Programming.

Times and dates for the A.I.E. performances are coordinated with the school’s schedules; for more information regarding specific show times, contact DCCA at [email protected] or by calling 937-547-0908. Tickets for the Coffeehouse concert by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band at The Bistro cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA, or purchased at DCCA’s office located within Greenville Public Library and online at www.CenterForArts.net.

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