EGG HARBOR, WI (March 4, 2014) – Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Egg Harbor, is pleased to announce that it recently received a grant of $13,090 from the Wisconsin Arts Board. This grant, awarded through the Creation & Presentation Program, supports Birch Creek’s mission of providing intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians.
The ongoing commitment from the State of Wisconsin to fund the arts in local communities is vital. It is estimated that Birch Creek will serve more than 11,000 people in Door County with performances and educational programs in 2014.
Additionally, local school students in all five Door County public schools have benefited from Birch Creek’s annual “Artists in the Schools” outreach program, which has served more than 3,000 students since its inception in 2001-2002. “Artists in the Schools” engages youth in learning a wide variety of music from Birch Creek’s professional faculty members, and in the ethnic and social history of big band jazz, percussion & steel band, and symphony.
Evening concerts and daytime outreach concerts at Birch Creek, made possible by Arts Board funding, bring nationally known musicians to Door County.
The Arts Board grant programs experienced a transition in 2008 so that meaningful funding could be awarded to the greatest number of Wisconsin communities, including communities with rural populations like Door County. The State of Wisconsin recognizes that all communities, regardless of their populations, bring enjoyment and value to Wisconsin citizens.
Wisconsin Arts Board grants are competitive and awarded on a matching basis; that is, funds from the State of Wisconsin must be match dollar-for-dollar by the recipient. A division of the Department of Tourism, the Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage in Wisconsin’s communities.
Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a summer music school in Door County, WI, for advanced young musicians. With a performance emphasis, students are taught by nationally-known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Four sessions focus on percussion and steel band, symphony, and big band jazz. Applications are welcome.
2014 Season Concert Schedule
Percussion & Steel Band: June 19 – 28
Symphony: July 3 – 12
Big Band Jazz: July 16 – August 9