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  • June 17, 2018 8:47 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    The Quincy Park Band will have a Father's Day concert today in Madison Park at 6:30 pm. The entire program will be to honor the fathers in the audience and in the band. The program will begin with Thomas S. Allen’s Whip and Spur Galop and end with John Phillip Sousa’s El Capitan. The band will also perform Jerry Nowak’s Portrait of the American West and Harold L. Walters’ Instant Concert featuring many favorites from classical to pop. 

    The concert will continue by paying tribute to long time park band member Dr. Lavern Wagner and the Park Band’s 70th season. Dr. Wagner composed The Quincy Park Band Plays On for the 50th anniversary of the Park Band. The concert will also contain My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The park band will also perform a Suite from the Broadway hit Hamilton

    Bring your father, grandfather and the whole family out to Madison Park today for the Park Band's tribute to fathers.

    Don't miss the concert on Wednesday, June 20 which will be one of the highlights of the 70th Season with the Quincy Park Band. Arts Quincy (Quincy Society of Fine Arts) will be presenting Park Band member and musical legend, Bob Havens, the George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by WGEM, Herald-Whig and the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation. Conductor Emeritus, Pam Potter, will be leading the Park Band in a tribute to Bob with 76 Trombones and Bubbling Woodwinds.

    This concert is being sponsored by First Banker’s Trust and they will add to the excitement by passing out fans and bottles of water for everyone in attendance. The Park Band would like to thank First Banker’s Trust for sponsoring the annual “Big Band” concert on June 20. The concert will feature all big band music from the greats of the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. The music from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others will bring Madison Park Alive. The park band will perform W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues as well as Dixieland Jam! featuring Basin Street Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, Tin Roof Blues, When the Saints Go Marching In and Bill Bailey. The big band fun continues with Big Band Signatures, Big Band Spectacular, and Big Band Bash

    Come out to the park for some great Big Band music this Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm in Madison Park.  For a full concert schedule, please visit quincyparkband.com.

  • June 12, 2018 2:56 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    By Taylor Tweedell

    Hello everybody! I had the amazing opportunity to chat with the wonderful cast of The Muddy River Opera Company’s The Magic Flute as they were rehearsing for their upcoming shows June 15 and 16. This group of people is one of the most compatible I have ever seen! They welcomed me in and everyone had something special to say about the show and the rehearsal process. This group reminded me of how important it is to do what you love and enjoy what you do, which was very refreshing. The passion that this cast shares for opera inspired me as I talked to them in their rehearsal and is sure to inspire audience members who come out to witness their talent.

    The Magic Flute is the fairytale story of Prince Tamino (Dr. Richard Leonberger of Austin State University) who must rescue Princess Pamina (Dr. Penelope Shumate of WIU). He is assisted in his quest by the bird-catcher (Dr. Steven Soebbing of JWCC) and together they undergo trials. An evil queen (Amanda Saul Ensign, WIU graduate college) introduces a good versus evil dynamic to the plot of this show, which also contains humorous and romantic elements. 

    "This opera was written by Mozart during the Enlightenment period, which is evident through the discoveries made by the prince and the bird-catcher as they experience hardships on their journey," said Director Mark Freiman.

    The Muddy River Opera Company has done several unique things with their version of this famous opera. One of the most impressive things is the makeup of their cast. This cast is a combination of professionals, children, local musicians and students. 

    "This variety helps to cultivate an environment where performers can learn from each other and grow together," Freiman said. "This show is also special because of the roles the children play in the production. There are three spirits in this show who are all played by children. These roles are often filled by women, but the Muddy River Opera seeks to involve younger generations in their shows, something that not all productions or performing groups value. A full orchestra will accompany the cast as they perform this Mozart fairytale."

    Freiman said that this show is a great one to see if you have never seen an opera before. The children in this cast add an ethereal element and are inspirational to young audience members. The story is also an easy one to follow and contains characters that are humorous and educational, making it the perfect first-opera experience!

    This opera was originally written in German, but the MROC will be performing the English translation. There is also spoken dialogue in this show—a rare thing in opera-- which allows for the performers to showcase their acting abilities and makes the story even more relatable and understandable.

    Thirty minutes before each show, Dr. Carol Mathieson will give an opera insight presentation on idealism in the Enlightenment period and explain how an opera that was written in the 18th century can still entertain audiences today.

    This is the Muddy River Opera’s third opera in the reimagining of their company. They are currently in the process of keeping opera going and loved in a changing world.

    The show will be held at the John Wood Community College’s Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium, which is an excellent venue for singing. The theatre is intimate as well, allowing cast members to move into the audience and bring viewers closer to the action. The theater is comfortable and casual and will hold performances for The Magic Flute on Friday, June 15 at 7 pm and Saturday, June 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at both Quincy County Market stores. You can buy tickets online by clicking here. For more information, visit muddyriveropera.org.


  • June 09, 2018 2:02 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    By Taylor Tweedell

    Hey guys!

    My first arts event for the summer was with the Quincy Park Band during the Memorial Day performance, woot! Before the show my friends and I grabbed some shaved ice to cool off from the hot summer heat. It was the perfect treat to pair with the performance. Even though the evening was hot, we set up chairs and blankets in the shade. The nearby playground provided fun for younger children, and families also brought coolers and enjoyed a picnic in the park as the band played their patriotic selections.


    The QHS Show choir opened for the Park Band with fun and inspiring tunes that had the audience members singing along. After their performance, the members of the Quincy Park Band took the stage. They were clearly inspired by the holiday music they were playing, because they all dressed up in red, white, or blue patriotic attire. They played several beautiful pieces including “America Forever March” (composed in honor of Pearl Harbor), “Songs of the Great War” (displayed music’s role in WWI), “The Message of the Rock”, and “America the Beautiful”.  Many of the selections for the evening were representative of World War I in honor of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the war.


    My favorite moment in the concert was when the Quincy Park Band played the Armed Forces Salute to honor all active members and veterans. Each branch of the military was invited to stand when called and applause rang out through the park. A large number of veterans and servicemen and women were in attendance for the Memorial Day concert, which made this moment even more touching.


    I am a HUGE fan of all things America! Seriously, I have a 6’ by 4’ American flag hanging from my ceiling in my room here at home and in my dorm at school. This made this particular concert so enjoyable for me since it was full of patriotic music. I loved seeing so many people come to not only support the local Park Band, but to also remember all of our wonderful servicemen and women. I am so grateful for all that they have done for our country and I think it is so cool that we can thank them for their service through music, dancing, singing and art. The Quincy Park Band has several more patriotic concerts coming up, so you still have a chance to hear some inspiring American music!


    The Quincy Park Band closed their show with John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and announced that their next concert will take place this Sunday June 10 at 6:30 in Madison Park and is entitled “Spring Into Summer”. This is their 70th season of providing relaxing, enjoyable performances with their band that is made up of over 100 talented local musicians.


    Check out quincyparkband.com or the AQ magazine for details on everything Park Band and their upcoming summer schedule. In case of rain, the Quincy Park Band will hold their concerts at the Kroc Center Worship Theatre located at 405 Vermont St.

    Announcements regarding rainouts will be found on the group’s Facebook page or by calling 573-312-0637.

  • June 05, 2018 3:18 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Hi there! Thanks for checking out the Arts Quincy blogs! Here’s a little bit about me…

    My name is Taylor Tweedell and I am Arts Quincy’s intern for the summer of 2018. I was born and raised in Quincy and I am so proud to call this creative community home! I love the fact that programs such as the library’s summer reading program and QFest have been around since I was a child and are still a huge part of my life today. The arts began to impact me when I began training at Heinze Dance Academy at the age of three, and I continued dancing there until I graduated from high school. I played piano when I was younger too, but then took to the violin in the fourth grade through the Quincy Public Schools. In junior high, I joined choir and took voice lessons. I also performed in the Quincy Community Theatre’s Triple Threat Boot Camp and in several of their student theatre productions.

    In high school, I was an active member in the QHS Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Show Choir, musicals, New Faces productions, and was a Q-City Pommer and captain of the squad my senior year. My senior year I also volunteered with QFest and was a special maid in the Art Center’s Beaux Arts Ball. I then graduated from QHS in June of 2017 and headed to Oklahoma City University where I am currently studying dance.

    I just completed my freshman year and I have loved every minute of learning and improving upon my dancing abilities. As I grew, so did my passion for the arts and their impact on my life. This summer I am so excited to give back to some of the arts programs that have touched my life so much. I cannot wait to keep you posted on all of the inspiring and exciting adventures that I go on this summer as I dive into all of the artistic opportunities Quincy has to offer. Be sure to come up and say hi to me at any arts events you attend, I would love to get to know fellow art lovers. This summer is sure to be the best one yet!

    Get to know Taylor better…

    How many siblings do you have? … I have two younger sisters, Lauren (17) and Audra (15). They are my built-in best friends!

    What is your favorite thing to do? … I love napping, Netflix, dancing, traveling, and hanging out with friends!

    What place would you like to visit next? … I would love to go to Greece, but I also plan on studying abroad in Italy before I graduate college!

    What is your favorite Broadway show? … Right now I love Hamilton, which I saw in Chicago last summer, but I have seen Wicked many times and I absolutely love it!

    What is your favorite subject in school? … Government and History!

    What is the strangest food you ever ate? … I tried octopus recently, which is a huge milestone for me, I am such a picky eater!

    What is your favorite season? … I love spring because of rainy days and flowers!

    Who is your favorite Disney princess? … Definitely Ariel, who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?

  • June 05, 2018 1:07 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The Best Creative Camps in Quincy This Summer 

    This summer is an opportunity for kids of all ages to discover and develop their own interests while having fun! Summer STEAM Camps are a great option to keep your child's brain and body active throughout their summer vacation. Here is a short guide to help you pick which summer camp is the best fit for your child's, unique personality, interests and needs.

    Quincy Art Center

    Classes at Quincy Art Center is a great way to learn, express yourself, get messy while creating, and meeting new friends with the same interests! Art classes are available for every age group.  Classes include Pint-Sized Picassos, Lego World, Organic Printing, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and more! Each class gives the student an opportunity to create beautiful pieces that will be cherished for years to come. Scholarships are awarded to students based on need. Please contact the Art Center for more information. View and register for classes at quincyartcenter.org/education. Classes begin June 10.

    Quincy Museum

    The Quincy Museum offers tours and programs for visitors and groups of all ages and sizes. Educational classes are taught by a certified instructor and include hands on activities. Classes include Growing up in the 1890s, Backyard and Ocean Animals, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Magnetism and Electricity, Native Americans, Rocks and Minerals, Weather and Wildlife. Call 217-224-7669 for more information.

    Quincy Public Library

    Kids, teens and adults can participate in free programming at Quincy Public Library throughout the year. Programs this summer coincide with the summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Educational learning activities include: Magnificent Mondays, Story Time, All Aboard Art Crafts, Buckle Up Fridays and more. Quincy Transit Lines will give free rides to kids under 18 that are going to the library (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit quincylibrary.org.

    Quincy Community Theatre

    Quincy Community Theatre’s Summer Theatre Classes are designed to mold the next generation of theatre professionals in a guided, dynamic, studio-style program that is tailored to the needs of each individual student. This summer, nine professional instructors are joining QCT’s Education Department to teach a selection of 18 new courses for adults and students. Featuring returning artists and fresh faces, QCT’s expanded teaching staff will use proven methods to offer different perspectives and professional insight for performers of all ages and experience levels. QCT’s popular Triple Threat Boot Camp will also feature the instructors with talent and experience in education, acting and music. Courses are designed to give all students a safe space to explore different topics, refine their acting training and technique, enhance their interpersonal and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals and try something new! See classes and register online at 1qct.org/education/scholarships or in the QCT Box Office.

    JDub Academy

    JDub Academy provides an opportunity for area children to explore how their hobbies, interests and strengths might connect with a future career. A variety of classes that might include graphic design, healthcare, engineering and photography provide students with a fun experience focused on interactive learning. John Wood Community College has been providing learning opportunities for area youth for more than 25 years. This unique program offers children hands-on academic and enrichment workshops on a college campus. All courses are designed to teach new and meaningful skills, excite students about learning and discover ways to explore future careers every summer. Register now by calling 217-641-4941! Classes begin June 11. See the full schedule at https://www.jwcc.edu/community/jdub-academy/.

    Quincy University's 
    Percussion Ensemble Camp

    This year's 7th annual Quincy University's Percussion Ensemble Camp will take place from June 19-21. Students in grades 7-12 will work with Quincy University's Director of Bands, Bill Machold, and Quincy Notre Dame High School's Band Director, Jill Steinkamp, during their overnight visit. Registration ends June 12 and the cost is $100 (2 nights and meals). For more information and to sign up for the camp, contact us by email at machowi@quincy.edu or by phone at (217) 228-5432 x3163.

    Quincy Family YMCA

    Kids attending a YMCA Summer Camp will have an action-packed summer full of friends, fulfillment and fun! Summer Camp provides an exciting, safe experience for kids to learn new skills, be creative, build self-confidence, gain independence and make lasting friendships. The 10-week-long camps start June 5 for ages 5-14 and can be on a part-time or full-time basis. A new teen cap for ages 14-17 is three weeks of non-stop adventure, team building, personal growth, learning and discovering new things. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Quincy Family YMCA’s programs and services are focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Y facilities provide outlying communities including Mt. Sterling, Barry and Ursa a gathering place and recreational areas, fitness centers, sports programming and more. Learn more and register for camps and classes at quincyymca.net.

    The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Quincy

    Quincy’s Kroc Center has a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities and classes for all ages. In addition to the indoor aquatic center, game room, sports, recreation and fitness opportunities, kids can participate in various fine arts and education classes. These include book folding, bucket drumming, ukulele and guitar classes, painting, creating a comic book and more. Camp Kroc is a week-long day camp held June through July.  The center also offers numerous special events. The facility offers day passes, summer student memberships, 3-month membership, military rates, and regular memberships. For a complete listing of everything the Kroc Center offers go online to krocquincy.org.

    Create Your Own Day Camp

    If these options aren't the right fit for your child or family, Quincy offers many opportunities to take in art and culture. Plan a day to visit the local museums, galleries, historical sites and districts, play at the parks and attend free music events and festivals. There is always something to do that is free or low-cost!

    See a complete list of summer camp offerings from our partner organizations and to check the calendar of events, please visit https://www.artsquincy.org/Calendar-of-Events.


  • June 01, 2018 12:52 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The 7 Best Free Events in Quincy This Week

    From outdoor concerts with local and regional musicians to literary parties and other extraordinary events, Quincy’s creative community continues to fight the ordinary. Check out these seven free events happening this week!

    Germanfest: Quincy Sister City Commission is celebrating 30 years! To commemorate the anniversary, a group of travelers from Herford, Germany will be special guests at this year's Germanfest! This free event will take place in Quincy's beautiful South Park on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 3-11 pm. Attendees will love dancing to German music including waltzes, polkas and foxtrots from the Heidelberg German Band who will perform Friday from 3-8 pm followed by Raised on Radio until 11 pm. On Saturday, the Waterloo German Band will start things off at 3 pm with their traditional German dress and Raised on Radio will be back to finish out the festivities. Children will be entertained with games and activities during Kinderplatz on Saturday from 3–7 pm. For more information, please visit artsquincy.org.

    Summer Reading Program: The lazy days of summer are a great time to kick back with a good book and to enjoy the many exciting programs for all ages offered during Reading Takes You Everywhere, Quincy Public Library’s summer reading program. It all kicks off on Saturday, June 2, from 9 am-12 pm at Quincy Public Library. That day you can pick up your reading logs, check out books, peruse the prize store and enjoy popcorn and soda, crafts, games and entertainment, all at no charge! The program continues through June and July and wraps up with a party on Saturday, July 28. Quincy Transit Lines will give free rides to kids under 18 that are going to the library (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, please visit quincylibrary.org.

    Quincy Teen REACH Summer Kick-Off Party: Quincy Teen REACH will hold a summer kick-off event for kids and parents on Saturday, June 2 from 2-4:30 pm, in the field next to the Fredrick Ball Community Center, located at 815 Elm St. Kids will enjoy a slip-n-slide and other attractions and parents can get information about various free and low-cost activities to get their child involved in during their summer vacation. Organizations participating include Arts Quincy, Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Art Center, Quincy Park District, Quincy Fire Department, Quincy Police Department and others. Materials will be available which publicize the many children’s activities including junior fire and police academies, summer reading programs, art classes, theater classes, festivals, outdoor music events and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email dennisc57@ymail.com.

    Lincoln-Douglas Interpretive Center: A spot along Fifth Street is where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in Quincy in 1858, the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center is a relatively new Lincoln location within Quincy. Though Douglas had been considered by many of the time to be the winner of the seven debates, the spotlight that shone on Lincoln propelled him to the presidency, where he also battled Douglas for the presidency in 1860. Generously staffed by the Quincy Historic Business District, who partnered with the Bicentennial Commission for its creation, the Center features displays that help tell the story of the Great Debate between Lincoln and Douglas and the people of Quincy who influenced them. Visit 128 S. Fifth St. Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or call 217-228-8696 for more information.

    Discovery Night: Go behind-the-scenes of the Lab Production of Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!" with Artistic Director, Brandon Thomsen!  On Monday, June 4 at 6 pm, go backstage to discuss the story with the staff, view show designs and renderings, see costumes and set pieces as they’re being created, and watch a portion of that evening’s closed rehearsal. Admission is free, and space is limited. Please contact the Box Office at qct@1qct.org or call 217-222-3209 (option 1) to register your party. Visit 1qct.org for more information.

    Driving Tours: See Quincy in a whole new way! Take one of five self-guided driving tours through Quincy including Quincy {Off the Record} The famous and infamous 13 Quincy area former residents, Architectural Driving Tour, Drive the 5 Tolton Sites, 10 Sites to See: Significant locales of the Mormon “safe harbor” era in Quincy and Stout Route 3000. For more information, please visit seequincy.com/things-to-do/driving-tours.

    Music Under the Stars: Music Under the Stars continues its Summer Concert Series every Thursday! So grab your friends, your favorite chair and join the Mark Twain Museum for another season of free outdoor concerts on Historic Hill Street from 7-9 pm right outside Twain's Boyhood Home. Concerts will continue every Thursday evening through August 30. The line-up has something for everyone and includes jazz, blues, country, soul, rock, bluegrass, The Beatles, Southern rock, rock-n-roll and pop. Follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook for rain-out locations and for the full concert schedule or more information, please visit marktwainmuseum.org.

    For a complete events calendar, please go to https://www.artsquincy.org/Calendar-of-Events.


  • May 23, 2018 1:34 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Q & A Submitted by Susan Deege

    Where were you a music educator? For how long? 

         I began teaching in Clinton, Mo in 1980 where I taught for four years, we then moved back to Hannibal to work in the family business.  I assisted with the Hannibal High marching band for several years.  I was then out of teaching for almost ten years when I got invited back to Hannibal Schools to replace a retiring band director.  I stayed in the band department until 2006 when I transitioned to the Guidance Department where I retired in 2017. I conducted the pit orchestra for the HHS musicals from 1990 - 2016, and continue to conduct shows for QCT and HLGU

    What are your favorite instruments to play? How long have you played bass? How long have you been in the QCB? 

         I have to admit my favorite instrument is timpani, followed by all the other percussion instruments, then just...everything else.

    I acquired a bass in the 1980's and played it on and off for many years until our group began playing in the summer in front of Becky's.  From there I started playing for Muddy River Opera and when Jane Polett saw me playing asked if I would join the Quincy Symphony.    I have played with the QCB for ten or so years, playing several different instruments until I asked Trent if he wanted a bass player.  His reply was a resounding Yes, so I've been on it for several years.

    Tell me about your small business and what attracted you to be involved in it?

         We own and operate Becky's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Emporium in the Historic District of Hannibal, Mo.  We have been in the area since 1984 when we took ownership from Sara's parents.   As Sara likes to say, "No weekends off since 1984."

    Explain how you support musicians by giving them opportunities through your business in Hannibal? (You have folks play there, correct?

         There are the Not Ever Ready for Prime Time Players; a small group of volunteers who gather in front of Becky's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Emporium Monday nights during the summer and play parlor music of the early 1900's.  It is purely for our enjoyment. We also support the Salvation Army when they need a brass ensemble to perform for some function in the Hannibal area.

    What groups do you play with yourself?

        Besides the Quincy Concert Band, I play with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Muddy River Opera, Salvation Army ensembles around the area, Quincy Community Theater, Hannibal LaGrange University String Orchestra, Hannibal High School Musical, Hannibal LaGrange University Musical Theater Department, Quincy Clarinet ensemble, Mark Twain Chorale, Hannibal LaGrange University Symphonic Band, and other small ensembles as needed.

    What is your most memorable experience as a musician?

         When I talk to young musicians I recall a master class/co-rehearsal with the St Louis Symphony while I was in college.  I learned so much in those two hours about musicianship and technique and it wasn't until years later that I realized that it was that experience that solidified my decision to become an educator.     

    What advice would you give an adult who has not played his or her instrument for a while?

    It's never too late to get your old instrument out, dust it off and start playing again.  We have encouraged several friends, neighbors and former students to start playing again and everyone is glad they did.


  • May 08, 2018 6:40 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    “Quincy is full of talented artists and performers enhancing our daily experiences with arts and culture across the city,” said Executive Director Laura Sievert. “Through the work of these dedicated and inspiring individuals and groups, the arts have become more accessible, visible, interactive and integrated into the lives of our residents and visitors.”

    Arts Quincy honored the recipients of the 2017-18 George M. Irwin and Student Art Awards at an award ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at the Quincy Rotary Club’s Meeting at the Holiday Inn.These awards are designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of these outstanding individuals and organizations. This year, several new categories were added to recognize the many roles each person or organization plays in the promotion of the fine arts.

    Winners of the Student Art Awards are chosen by a committee based on criteria that includes academic success, community service, and extra-curricular involvement. Arts Quincy Student Art Awards: Sponsored by HOMEBANK. 


    Student Art Award Winners were presented a certificate and $200 educational fund from HOMEBANK. Pictured are (l-r) Laura Sievert, Jacob Schreake (Instrumental Music), Noah Klauser (Creative Writing), Adelle Seaman (Theatre/Performing Arts), Hannah Kasparie (Visual Arts) and Lauren Tweedell (Vocal Music). Not pictured is Taylor Kruse (Dance).


    Here are the winners of the Student Art Awards:


    Visual Arts
    Hannah Kasparie – Mendon/Unity High School: Hannah, a senior, has been enrolled in each art class at Unity High School all four years, she has participated in Art Club and is currently teaching assistant to Lexi Brumbaugh. She creates pottery, ceramics, paintings, drawings and more. Her extra-curricular activities include FFA, volleyball, basketball and softball. Hannah also helps with community events and participates in the art shows at the Quincy Art Center. Hannah is the daughter of Jason and Amanda Kasparie and has three siblings, Morgan, Caleb and Carter.

    Vocal Music
    Lauren Tweedell – Quincy Senior High School: Lauren, a junior at Quincy Senior High School, is involved in show choir, madrigal choir, concert choir, orchestra, band and is a member of the Q-City Pommers. She is also a member of the Beta Club, student council, and National Honor Society. She takes part in musicals and productions at the high school. She also participates with the Quincy Area Youth Chorus and sings at her church. Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Sharon Tweedell and has two sisters, Taylor and Audra. 

    Instrumental Music
    Jacob Schreacke – Quincy Notre Dame High School: Jacob, a senior, plays piano, guitar and has won awards as the trumpet section leader. He plays in the youth band and during Sunday Mass and Mass at QND. He is part of the National Honor Society. His parents are Linda and Brian Schreacke.

    Theater/Performing Arts
    Adelle Seaman – Quincy Senior High School: Adelle, a senior, has performed in numerous theatrical performances during her high school career including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Heiress, Fiddler on the Roof, Cocktails with Mimi, Li’l Abner and George Washington Slept Here at Quincy Senior High School. She is involved with Quincy Community Theatre and she was cast in Suessical the Musical, Tarzan and Anne of Green Gables. She was also seen on stage in the opera Carmen with Muddy River Opera Company. She is the daughter of Nathan and Delene Seaman.

    Dance
    Taylor Kruse – Quincy Senior High School: Taylor, a freshman, demonstrates academic success and plays soccer, tennis and clarinet in the band. She has been dancing since age three. She helps other dancers. She volunteers with Operation Serve and is a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She is the daughter of Darrell and Patty Kruse and has two brothers, Nick and Eric.

    Creative Writing
    Noah Klauser – Quincy Notre Dame High School: Noah, a sophomore, is involved with the high school’s Writer’s Guild, Quiz Bowl, English Club and cross country. He enjoys writing short stories and poems. He is the son of Todd and Kelly Klauser.

    Winners of the George M. Irwin Art Awards are chosen by a committee based on criteria that demonstrates impact, leadership, engagement, and innovation throughout the community.  George M Irwin Art Awards: Sponsored by WGEM, The Quincy Herald Whig and the Oakley Lindsay Foundation.

    Arts Access Leader of the Year
    Mary Griffith – WTAD & Staradio: This award is given to a person making a significant effort to increase fine arts access and connect existing programs with people in underserved parts of the community including those who are living below the poverty line, the differently-abled, military veterans, the elderly and minorities. As an arts lover, supporter and patron, Mary has a creative flair and works to clearly explain arts opportunities to her radio audience in the region on WTAD AM 930 through the Morning Show and the Mary Griffith Show at Staradio. For years, she has created a dialogue around arts programming and regularly interviews representatives from a large variety of community organizations, special events and more. The listeners get a deep description about the arts programming and are encouraged to attend. (WTAD and Staradio personalities (l-r) Steve Boll and Mary Griffith (Arts Access Leader of the Year Winner) and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).

    Philanthropic Leader of the Year
    State Street Bank: This award is given to a local business or individual making a financial commitment to the arts in Adams County. State Street Bank was vital to the success of Arts Quincy’s Sponsor A Classroom Donation Drive in 2017. The program has seen a 300% increase in program requests since 2015. The bank’s generous donation of matching funds for this campaign energized community donations and the cumulative program allowed Arts Quincy to double the number of Adams County students who experienced a hands on art activity or program through the Instant Arts Classroom Funds Program in 2017/2018.


    (LEFT) Philanthropic Leader of the Year was awarded to State Street Bank. Pictured are (l-r) Ericka Snider (Marketing Manager), Mike Mahair (President) and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director). Not pictured is Mark Reuschel (Vice President).



    Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year
    Kelsey Celek – Quincy Community Theatre: This award is given to an educator that has made a significant contribution in any artistic discipline through outstanding educational programming and other leadership activities. Kelsey is the Head of Education/Director of Student Theatre at Quincy Community Theatre. She leads the theatre’s education department, which serves 10,000 local students every year through classes, outreach workshops and productions. In 2017, Kelsey led 17 theatre classes, an interactive version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, over 300 workshops in local schools, the world premiere of American Fairy Tales, and an American Sign Language – integrated version of Disney’s Tarzan.

    (
    LEFT) Winning Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year is Kelsey Celek (Head of Education at Quincy Community Theatre) who is pictured with Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).



    Arts Volunteer of the Year
    Alta King – Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce: This award is given to a volunteer who has consistently supported the arts through a commitment of personal time, energy and devotion. Alta is the Communications Specialist at Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2014, Alta has volunteered during Q-Fest to provide support to artists and this year she is organizing volunteers. She is a Diplomat with The District and volunteers at numerous events. She has volunteered during ArtFest at Quincy Art Center and recently became more involved with Quincy Community Theatre as a greeter, box officer, dresser and cleaner. She also has volunteered with Arts Quincy, Lincoln in the District and is involved with 100 Women Who Care, Gem City Kiwanis, Salvation Army, American Business Womens Association – Quincy Charter Chapter, GREDF’s Transition Planning Committee Secretary and more. 

    (LEFT) Winning Arts Volunteer of the Year is Alta King (Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce) who is pictured with Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).



    Arts Nonprofit of the Year
    Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association/Encore! Volunteer Council: This award is given to a nonprofit organization that has made a substantial impact on the cultural development of this area demonstrated through exceptional artistic achievement, outstanding programming or other leadership activities. QSOA celebrated 70 years of existence in 2017 and had a very successful season. Encore! Volunteer Council has provided ongoing support for the QSOA through volunteer and financial assistance for 60 years. The organization strives to encourage area youth to pursue their musical talents by making bi-annual donations to the Quincy Public and Parochial school’s music programs, sending students to summer music camps, and supporting the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Chorus. Members volunteer their time in countless ways to support the educational and artistic mission of the QSOA. Encore! Coordinates the Battle for the Baton event and the Fairytale Tea. Over $600,000 has been returned to Quincy and surrounding communities by the all-volunteer organization in support of bringing more fine music to the entire area. (ABOVE) 
    Winning the Arts Nonprofit of the Year Award include (l-r) Dr. Phyllis Robertson (Quincy Symphony Chorus Conductor), Jane Polett (Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association General Manager), Amy Walker (Youth Chorus Conductor), Stacie Spradlin (Encore! President), Sandi Terford (QSOA Marketing Coordinator), Randy McFarland (QSOA President), Clara Ehrhart (Encore! President-Elect), and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).


  • May 01, 2018 4:21 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Works by John Wood Community College’s visual arts students were recently judged by Ann Miller Titus, president of the Quincy Art Center Board and fiber artist. The pieces are part of the seventh annual student “Show and Sell” spring exhibit, which is available for viewing at JWCC’s Heath Center Art Gallery through May 25. The gallery is open during the College’s normal operating hours. 

    Titus remarked on the works, “I began by looking for story. I am interested in how we communicate visually and the pieces that stood out to me suggested narratives, messages, and points of view. I found myself wishing that I could speak to each artist to discover the context for the work and to compare my perceptions with what the artists intended to communicate. I also found myself drawn to works that included a bit of surprise and a touch of the unexpected.”

    Presentations were made to the following:

    Honorable Mention, Abigail Stickling of Taylor, Mo., for Patacsil

    Honorable Mention, Jamie Sowell of Quincy, for Portrait

    Honorable Mention, Jill Thomas of Quincy, for City Life

    Honorable Mention, Emily Hedberg of Quincy, for c2

    Honorable Mention, Michelle Greusel of Quincy, for Jill

    Honor Award, Emily Hedberg, Serenity  

    Honor Award, Nevin McNally of Quincy, Benny Eating a Flower  

    Honor Award, Jill Thomas, City Flip  

    Honor Award, Aislynn Sommers of Quincy, Noah  

    Best of Show, Nevin McNally, Lordy Nordy

    The JWCC Advancement Office receives 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale to enhance the arts education program at JWCC.  The individual students receive the remainder of the proceeds. 

    The exhibit is located in the lower level of the Heath Fine Arts and Community Education Center located on the Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.


  • April 26, 2018 10:59 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    We are just a few days away from Quincy’s annual Dogwood Festival! The theme of the weekend will celebrate the efforts of team work and collaboration throughout the community.

    Don’t miss a weekend full of special events and activities, including everyone’s favorite: the Dogwood Parade! Participants will use the theme to show how their teams make Quincy’s businesses and organizations successful.

    “The 49th annual Dogwood Parade will have 125 entries bringing to life this year’s theme: Together Everyone Achieves More #teamquincy,” says Latonya Brock, Executive Director of Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. “Bring the whole family out! You will hear the amazing Quincy Senior High School Marching Band and others, see amazing floats, animals, classic cars and much more!”

    The parade begins at 9:20 am on Saturday, May 5 at 24th and Maine Streets. It will head west to 6th and Maine Streets.

    The festival happens downtown and is celebrated throughout the city. There is something for everyone and for every budget! Free and low-cost activities include performing arts, live music, interactive learning, gallery exhibits, hands-on art activities and everything in between!

    For a complete and updated schedule, visit quincychamber.org.

    Events include:

    Thursday, May 3:
    7 pm: Little King and Queen Pageant, quincychamber.org
    7:30 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13), 1qct.org

    Friday, May 4:
    12 pm: Concert in the Plaza with Beau Becraft performing, thedistrictquincy.com
    6 pm: Ribbon Cutting to kick off Dogwood festival, quincychamber.org
    6 pm: St. James Lutheran Church’s Block Party, quincychamber.org
    7 pm: Quincy Art Center Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception, quincyartcenter.org
    7 pm: John Wood Community College Spring Concert, jwcc.edu
    7:30 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13), 1qct.org

    Saturday, May 5:
    7 am: Quincy Farmers Market Opens for 2018 season, thedistrictquincy.com
    8 am: Quincy Museum’s Yard Sale & Concessions, thequincymuseum.org
    8:30 am: Breakfast on the Lawn, quincychamber.org
    9:20 am: Dogwood Parade, quincychamber.org
    1 pm: Washington Theater Renovation Concert Series with Jacqueline Kaufman, Kayla Obert, Rodney Hart and Ester Moore performing, quincywashingtontheater.org
    1 pm: Quincy Preserves Spring Home Tour and Garden Party, quincypreserves.org
    2 pm: Quincy Public Library Skippyjon Jones Cinco De Mayo Party, quincylibrary.org
    3 pm: QUEST Derby in the Country: quincychamber.org
    6 pm: Dogwood Dance, quincychamber.org
    7:30 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13), 1qct.org

    Sunday, May 6:
    12 pm: Friends of the Log Cabin Village Annual Spring Open House, logcabinvillagequincyil.com
    2 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13), 1qct.org
    2 pm: YoungLives Little Ladies Tea, quincychamber.org
    3 pm: Quincy University’s Hawk Express Jazz Band concert, 228-5432 ext. 3159
    3 pm: Quincy Art Center: Thirsty Palettes Canvas Painting Party, quincyartcenter.org
    4 pm: Stars of Tomorrow, jwcc.edu/talent
    5 pm: Lutheran Church of St. John’s Music Mayhem, artsquincy.org/calendar-of-events

    Museum Tours & Exhibitions
    All Wars Museum: Tues.-Sat. 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm
    Dr. Richard Eells House: Saturday, 1 – 4 pm
    Gray Gallery: Mon.-Thurs. 8 am-11 pm, Friday 8 am-4:30 pm and Sunday 5-11 pm (Student Art Exhibition)
    History Museum: Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm (World War I exhibit & more)
    John Wood Mansion: Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm
    Quincy Art Center: Mon.-Sat. 9 am – 4 pm (Framed Fidos, Flaunting Felines and Atmospheric Paintings)
    Quincy Museum: Tues. – Sun. 1 – 5 pm (Quincy at Work)
    Villa Kathrine & Visitors Center: Mon. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday 1 – 5 pm

    If you love being in the know of the events happening in the creative community, sign up for Arts Quincy’s Arts Blast emails and be sure to check out our calendar of events (new activities are added all the time!), the exhibition calendar and museum calendar. Learn more at artsquincy.org.


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