Arts fund drive underway
Community festival produces art show, choral concert, musical
WFAF events encompass music, theater and the visual arts.
The festival committee’s board approved a working budget of $61,892 for the 2019-20 season.
Of that amount, the board seeks to raise more than $22,000 through donations to support the events.
The success of the fund drive helps keep ticket prices affordable and festival events open to larger audiences.
Contributions, welcomed throughout the year, are tax deductible if itemized.
WFAF is a registered nonprofit.
Those whose contributions exceed $500 are listed as underwriters for the three main events – community choir, art show and community theatre.
Gifts must be received by March 29 to be included in the printed program.
Donations may be mailed to Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 55, Waupaca, WI 54981.
Those who want to contribute using a credit card may visit www.fineartsfestival.org and donate there throughout the year.
Variety of cultural events
It opens in February with the premiere of an original play by Waupaca native Pat Phair.
“Two Flags For Marco” combines forces with Waupaca High School’s Drama Department, with performances on Feb. 20–23.
On April 5, the annual Community Choir and Civic Orchestra Concert honors American Composer Randall Thompson with a performance of his song cycle “Frostiana: Seven Country Songs” and “The Testament of Freedom.”
The Waupaca Art Show returns to the renovated Danes Hall in downtown Waupaca.
It runs from April 18–23, featuring artists and styles in every genre.
The Waupaca Community Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” at Waupaca Middle School’s Knoepfel Auditorium during the week of July 20.
The Waupaca Community Theatre concludes the season with its production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on July 25, 26, 30 and 31; and Aug. 1-2, at Waupaca High School’s Performing Arts Center.
“Waupaca is an outstanding city for many reasons. The Waupaca Fine Arts Festival has been here and thriving for over 57 years. It is an honor to be a part of this historical organization that has brought so much to the city of Waupaca.
“While we realize that there are other arts organizations in the city and in the greater Waupaca area, we are proud of the fact that the WFAF has paved the trail for the foundation of having an arts community.
“When you donate to the WFAF, you are donating to the longest-standing arts organization in the county,” said Chairman Dan Wolfgram.