I had the privilege of being invited to the unveiling of the 2008-2009 season at the Overture Center for the Arts today and was treated to time spent appreciating the arts and talking about multicultural diversity. While the upcoming season is going to once again fulfill the sense of diversity, it is clear that the Overture plans on making sure they are in the front of the line when it comes to being an entry point to appreciating, teaching and recognizing the importance of other cultures as it mingles within Madison. The “O.C” is the biggest on-going classroom around, acting as a front porch for kids, parents….everyone to find out something they might not otherwise have found. Speaking of the new season…early highlights for me are: KODO, the Neville Brothers and Dr. John, Porter/Batiste/Stoltz, the Song & Dance Ensemble of West Africa, Afro-Cuban All Stars, The Assad Brothers, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Avenue Q, Cirque Eloize, Stomp, The Spencers Theatre of Illusion…..you get the point! I want to thank Abi and all the fine folks of the Overture Center for the Arts, for the invitation, the acknowledgment and for understanding the importance of keeping the Arts as the Center of potential new ideas.
Keeping the ARTS as the Center
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