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Low-key Kennedy Center arts awards to honor Joan Baez, Dick Van Dyke

Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke and folk icon Joan Baez are among those receiving this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, one of America’s most prestigious arts awards, which will be distributed at a scaled-back event reimagined due to the pandemic.

Choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks and violinist Midori round out the 43rd class of honorees.

The Kennedy Center — Washington’s performing arts complex that serves as a living monument to slain president John F. Kennedy — was forced to twice postpone its night of red-carpet glitz traditionally held in December due to the coronavirus.

Instead of a single gala, a series of small in-person events with socially distant audiences and virtual tributes is now slated for May 17-22. The honorees will receive their medals during that week.

“This past year has taught us many things including the need to be flexible and adaptable,” Kennedy Center president Deborah

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Columbia finalizes funding for New Cultural Center

A New Cultural Center in downtown Columbia, which will hub the new Toby’s Dinner Theatre and 87 affordable housing units, has finalized funding after more than a decade. “We have worked for many years to get to this point and create a first-class art and culture center for Howard County that will spur people’s love of art and theater and will be accessible to all residents,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “The contributions that organizations like Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Recreation and Parks have historically made to all residents of our community will continue in the new center. Additionally, it will be a vital component of the Downtown Columbia Plan and an important element in expanding affordable housing in the area.”The NCC will be the first of five low-income housing tax credit developments, which is a critical component of the Downtown Columbia affordable … Read More

Uniting Manitou Springs’ library and art center to enrich community | Library Limelight | Cheyenne Edition

As we all endure the many ripple effects from the ongoing pandemic, the power of collaboration gives me hope for the future. The art and culture community can survive and thrive — but it will require creativity and openness to new opportunities with other likely, and not-so-likely, allies.

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and local artists realized the need to pivot in the wake of COVID-19, so art and cultural experiences could be delivered to community members in a safe and engaging way. As a result, we launched Curbside Culture, a new program that facilitates small-scale live performances outside of private residences, businesses, and gathering spots.

Now, we also can celebrate more synergy, right in the heart of Manitou Springs, to support people’s aspirations and boost prosperity. Art, literature, creative studios, and meeting spaces will soon unite under one roof to enrich the local community and broader

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