Kayenta Center for the Arts Kicks Off Its First Season
Since its inception in 2011, Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) has had as a goal for the development of a center for the arts to serve greater southern Utah and nearby Arizona and Nevada communities. The vision was a center for visual and performing arts that would be home to KAF’s mission, to create and develop an environment for diverse artistic endeavors for education and enrichment purposes. Construction began in 2013, and was funded entirely with private individual and business donations. The Center will open its first season this fall. This 11,000 square foot structure houses the 3,000 square foot Lorraine Boccardo Theatre, a 1000 square foot studio, office, and rehearsal space, workshop/catering space, a lobby with concession area and box office which open onto a paved and landscaped plaza. Serving as a base for KAF produced events, the Center will also provide a venue for local talents and a rental space for private receptions, meetings, and more. This past spring, KAF engaged Jan Broberg as KAF’s Executive Director and Micah Thompson as Facility Manager of the Center. The energy and talents of Jan and Micah assure a well-maintained and managed facility, and a creative, eclectic schedule of international, national, and local talent.
The Center’s first full season kicks off September 21 with a lively classic folk concert by Muzicka, a 10-member musical group from Prague. This will be followed on September 23 by Rosin, an electric cello duo offering an energetic mix of classical and current music.
Title of Show, a light-hearted musical about writing a light-hearted musical, will run from October 18 through November 4, and be part of the grand opening on October 20-21 of the Lorraine Boccardo Theatre. Keeping with the purpose of the Center as a place for visual as well as performing arts, an exhibit of local visual artists will run through the fall.
December will bring the first of what KAF hopes will be an annual Enchanted World of Dolls. Persons of all ages will be invited to walk through a maze of stages while costumed human dolls dance amidst backdrops representing 20 countries.
As 2018 gets underway, KAF will continue its first season in the Center. January will usher in a partnership between KAF and the Neil Simon Festival, with productions of Simon’s The Dinner Party running January 17-20. In this play, strangers share a meal at an upscale restaurant and find themselves in an evening of life-changing events.
February 8 will see the return of Arizona flamenco guitarist, Robert Earl Longley whose unique style wowed a private party in 2015. Over President’s Day weekend, KAF will pay a tribute to veterans with performances of Vietnam. . .Through My Lens. This acclaimed production by Vietnam combat photo-journalist, Stu Richel presents personal stories from Mr. Richel’s experience, and through his photos. Also part of this tribute will be the showing of Soldiers’ Sanctuary, a documentary by Luke Hansen of Veterans’ Efforts at Reconciliation and Healing.
In March, KAF will proudly present classical concerts in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, its third year honoring this father of music. First will be a piano-viola concert by Jason Bonham, principal violist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Voltaire Verzosa, principal pianist for the Philharmonic. This will be followed on March 31 with 4 Strings 4 Corners 4 Bach, a concert by string musicians from the four corners of the United States. The Bach celebration continues into April with a concert by the St. George Chamber Singers.
As if the first full season is not full enough, interspersed throughout will be storytelling, poetry, dance parties, and the 2018 Street Painting Festival. The 2017-18 season in the Center for the Arts will have something for everyone, and will truly showcase the Center as a venue for diverse artistic endeavors for education and enrichment purposes. Please join us and Be A Part Of The Art. www.Kayentaartsfoundation.org.