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The following is the September submission to the Elburn Herald’s Community Corner.  Look for it in the September 5th edition.

As the new 2013 – 2014 season of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is unveiled, the organization that has brought the Fine Arts to the Kaneland Community since 1998 gets a few upgrades of its own.  The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is the name for the organization that has brought quality performing and visual arts to the Kaneland Auditorium and into the Kaneland schools.  Such artists include the St. Charles Singers, the Spellbinder, Calligrapher Timothy Botts, Glass Fusing Artist Larry Cimaglio, the NIU Steel Band, and Chicago Ballet.  The same organization has produced the ever-popular summer community musicals of “Music Man,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival describes both the organization that produces Arts events for the Kaneland schools as well as the founding event held annually in April.  To better clarify, the organization name will now be called “Kaneland Arts Initiative,” KAI for short, pronounced “K-EYE.”  The outstanding Arts programs will continue to be produced by the Kaneland Arts Initiative as well as the award winning Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, April 13, 2014.  In addition to the name change, the Kaneland Arts Initiative has a new website, kanelandartsinitiative.org, and an updated logo will be revealed soon.

The 2013 – 2014 Kaneland Arts Initiative season promises to uphold the quality and affordability expected of Arts programming at Kaneland.  The following is the list of events for the upcoming year.  More information regarding these events can be found on the new website.


Magical Mystery Show – KAI Fundraiser

Friday, October 11, 2013


Fox Valley Concert Band Halloween Concert

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert, with Special Guests:

Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

Saturday, January 4, 2014


The Laramie Project in partnership with the Kindness Campaign

Friday – Sunday, January 24 – 26, 2014


The Cavern Beat: a Beatles Tribute Band

Saturday, February 1, 2014


The Fine Arts Feast – Fundraiser

Saturday, February 22, 2014


The 15th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Sunday, April 13, 2014


The Summer Theatre Production

July 11 – 13 & July 18 – 20, 2014

New events this season are Las Vegas magician, Garry Carson (Magical Mystery Show) in October and the first annual winter theatre production, The Laramie Project, which will be holding auditions in November.  The Laramie Project is also an event that partners with the Kindness Campaign.  Also new to the Kaneland Arts Initiative is a seven member Board of Directors instituted to aid in the governance of the organization.  The newly approved board members are Deanna Cates, Heidi Gilkey, Peter Lopatin, Laura McPhee, Trisha Mills, Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield, and Bonnie Whildin.

Kaneland Arts Initiative is pleased to present its mission to the community, recently upgraded along with the scope and goals, by the KAI Board of Directors:

We believe in encouraging people’s involvement in, appreciation of, and support for artistic endeavors and fostering the development of artistic abilities.

We look forward to celebrating a year of the Arts with the Kaneland Community!



  1. […] A New Chapter for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival (kanelandartsinitiative.org) […]

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