Meeting: Jasper Community Arts Commission

The Jasper Community Arts Commission met Tuesday and:

• Heard from Arts Director Kyle Rupert about events that took place in November. A performance by Chase Padgett was well attended and received positive reviews; the McNasty Brass Band took the stage at the Astra Theatre for a fun performance; and Actors Community Theatre held a dinner theater.

• Heard that bluegrass Southern gospel music group The Isaacs will take the Arts Center stage on Sunday, Dec. 15. About 60 tickets are available for that Christmas-themed performance.

• Approved four shows that will be part of next year’s main stage and backstage series. More will be approved in the near future.

• Approved encumbering $1,848 in funds from the auditorium equipment line for a bass amplifier and head.

• Heard that a holiday exhibit of artwork created by Visual Arts Committee members will be on display in the Krempp Gallery during the month of December. The show opened today, and a reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

• Heard of recent education offerings, including four bilingual performances by 123 Andrés.

• Heard that the “Food For Thought” Community Crossroads event that was originally scheduled for Nov. 12 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 1. That event was postponed due to weather.

• Approved sending Donna Schepers, education coordinator for Jasper Community Arts, to the Partners in Education Conference.

• Heard of upcoming events at the Astra Theatre. A “Polar Express” showing and pajama party will be held at the venue on Saturday, and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will be screened at the theater on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Astra’s 2020 season will kick off on Jan. 18, when Evansville-based duo The Cold Stares performs.

• Heard an update on the construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. More steel is added at the site every day, and the goal is to get as much of the building under roof as possible before winter hits. That way, crews can continue working inside. Part of the building has a concrete slab installed under it, and the building’s shape is beginning to take form. Representatives with the community arts and the Jasper Public Library are meeting with Kimball International and other furniture manufacturers, and other tasks pertaining to the project are being completed.

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