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Submission, audition dates set for St. Charles Student Artist Event

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Submitted by St. Charles Arts Council

The St. Charles Arts Council, in partnership with the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation and St. Charles Unit District 303, introduces the inaugural all-city, all-arts event -- Charlie's Center for the Arts' Student Artist Event. Kindergarten through college-age students are invited to participate.

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The event will run from Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16. It will encompass multiple venues throughout St. Charles that will feature the visual and performing art of student artists. Students are invited to participate in the event audition and/or to submit visual artwork for jurying. Performing artists will receive a stipend for their performance, and visual artists' work will be for sale, if they choose.

Auditions for performing artists for one of three events will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, with Fox Valley Repertory in the Utrillo Room in Gallery Hall, the free-standing building next to the tennis courts at Pheasant Run Resort.

Those three events are: concert and master classes with Tammy McCann and her Big Band; Performing Artist Showcase with music, dance, magic, and more; and GrassRoots Literary Showcase, a spoken word performance and poetry slam.

Visual and film artists will show their work in a student-only neXt gallery, the St. Charles Arts Council's pop-up art gallery program. Student artists (kindergarten through college) may submit their work for jurying electronically to ArtistLiaison@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org, or by mail or hand delivery to the St. Charles Arts Council, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL, 60174 or the Municipal Building Reception Desk. All submitted work must include the artist's name, physical address, phone number and school attended. Submissions are due by Monday, Jan. 13.

For questions, contact the St. Charles Arts Council at (630) 443-3794 or ArtistLiaison@StChartsArtsCouncil.org.

More information as the event and its lineup of artists unfolds will be found at StCharlesArtsCouncil.org. Click on the "Events" page or the "Calendar."

The St. Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization whose mission is to create an organization that serves and promotes the arts and cultural activities in St. Charles, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. It is staffed entirely by volunteers.

It serves all those individuals (professionals, amateurs, and students) who produce tangible, consumable works of the imagination and all organizations, businesses, and groups that include and represent those people. This would be arts and cultural activities in their broadest sense, including graphic, plastic, and decorative arts, architecture, crafts, literature and poetry, music, theater, and dance.

The primary long-range goal is the transformation of St. Charles into an arts community, an arts magnet and a nationally-known arts market. Ultimately, the vision includes a municipal arts center, more working artists and opportunities in arts education, many privately-owned galleries, performance venues, and related arts businesses, and a downtown architecture and streetscape conducive to both the aesthetics and business of art.

The Greater St. Charles Education Foundation is a group dedicated to supporting quality education for St. Charles Unit District 303 which serves more than 13,000 students. The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is recognized by the District 303 board of education. The foundation supports District 303 in reaching its goal of excellence in education through community awareness, involvement and philanthropy. The foundation secures contributions from residents, local businesses and corporations through a variety of fundraising activities and annually distributes these funds through program grants to administrators and faculty of District 303, educational honorariums and college scholarships.

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