ARTS EDUCATION – WE’RE ABOUT MORE THAN JUST THE SHOW
Many of our artists arrive a day or even a week in advance of their public show and spend time sharing their talents with students and residents in our area. From one-inon-one input from music professionals, to dance and theater workshops, we can bring the world of art to you.
Examples of past outreach activities include:
- Week-long residencies with Arts Midwest World Fest groups from Egypt, China, Israel and Bali. These groups visited schools, nursing homes, businesses and so much more!
- The Minnesota Orchestra spent a week in Detroit Lakes with ensembles interacting with music students, playing for elementary students and senior citizens, performing in parks, restaurants, the library and many other spots with the purpose of saturating our community with classical music.
- Sha Cage….
- Patrick Dewane with his “Accidental Hero” show sharing the history and reality of WWII with 6th graders in Perham and veterans in DL.
We have the most amazing and unique penny floor in the world! Yes, we’re a little biased, but thanks to the effort of more than 1,200 people from all over the region, we were able to turn our old, drab floor into a shining example of community-driven art! Penny donations came in from near and far, and in cooperation with the Real Estate Company, we were able to collect more than 600,000 pennies. Complementing our creative floor are the mosaics stair risers leading to the theater’s second floor.
Come visit the only place in Detroit Lakes where you can “step inside and see the world.” The project was part of a grant received by the Lakes Region Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
SUNNY IN DL
We have a sunfish! Yes, it’s true, one of the city’s 30 or so35 sunnies resides here at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Recent updates to the fish have managed to beautifully showcase both the theater’s penny floor theme and the various mosaics within the building. Be sure to “fish” around town for the other four-foot fiberglass sunfish created by our many talented artists for the “Sunny in DL” project. This project originated with a sunfish model built by local sculptor Hans Gilsdorf and then individuals added their whimsical take on life in DL to each of the 35 sunfish. From rosemaling to mosaic tiles, sunglasses to sunrises, these fish add charm to many businesses in Detroit Lakes.
The theatre’s lobby also boasts a unique piece of art; an enormous copper structure that literally hangs from the rafters! Currently, the structure is adorned with brass and wood musical instruments, which were donated in anticipation of the Minnesota Orchestra’s recent residency in Detroit Lakes. The residency, which took place from September 21-26, 2015, was an amazing event for the region.
The Orchestra’s phenomenal brass quintet and string quartet fanned out into our communities, during the week, performing at venue ranging from nursing homes and schools, to restaurants and the Becker County minimum security jail. Over five thousand people were touched by the orchestra’s outreach activities, including two sold out performances by the full orchestra on the Holmes stage.
The theatre’s lobby also boasts a unique piece of art; an enormous copper structure that literally hangs from the rafters! The mobile changes over time featuring pieces of artwork by students, but currently, the structure is adorned with brass and wood musical instruments which were donated in anticipation of the Minnesota Orchestra’s recent residency in Detroit Lakes. You’ll notice that the tuba in the center was signed by the entire brass section of the Orchestra!