Two years after the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States wiped out part of its season and stained its books with red ink, the Iowa Western Community College Center for the Arts is set to complete its comeback this year. .
In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the venue racked up sales and attendance figures it hadn’t seen since before the pandemic forced it to close from March 13. as of June 23, 2020, according to executive director Tim Dickmeyer, who called it a “good rebound.” (Despite receiving $10,000 in Iowa CARES relief funds, the Arts Center ended 2019-20 with a shortfall of nearly $11,000.)
For the last fiscal year, attendance at Arts Center events was 87% of what it was in 2018-19 — the year before the pandemic began, Dickmeyer said. Revenue from facility rentals has also increased almost to pre-pandemic levels, reaching around $26,000, slightly less than the typical total of $30,000 per year.
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“We’re pretty happy with how things went last year,” he said. “We definitely finished in the dark. We were able to cover all of our expenses, plus a little more.
The Arts Center hosts four performances for elementary students each year. Last year, it hosted two concerts by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra for students in kindergarten through third grade as part of the orchestra’s Mission Imagination program. In addition, the center hosted two shadow theater performances by Catapult, a national touring group, Dickmeyer said.
“Just under 3,500 children attended these shows,” he said. “It’s almost back to normal. We are usually around 4,000.
For such special performances for students, the Arts Center ensures there will be additional seating for students to view, Dickmeyer said.
The Arts Center is also used by academic and community artist groups, including seven or eight dance studios who rent the space for their recitals, he said.
The center begins its new season of national shows with new momentum. He’ll start the season with what Dickmeyer thinks is his most popular act: an Everly Brothers tribute band known as The Everly Set. The group will perform “A Celebration of The Everly Brothers” at 7:30 p.m. on September 9.
“There’s a lot of local interest, with them being in Shenandoah at one point,” he said.
This concert will be followed by a performance by another tribute band, BritBeat, who will present “America’s Premier Tribute to the Beatles” at 7:30 p.m. on September 30.
The season will also include the following artists and performances at 7:30 p.m. on the dates listed below:
October 28 – Thompson Square, acoustic duo
November 13 – Shaun Johnson, Big Band Experience
December 9 – Jim Brickman, “A Very Merry Christmas”
January 28 – Classic Albums Live (performer “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd)
February 9 – Lucy Loves Desi, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Sitcom”
the 17th of March – DSQ Electric (Dallas String Quartet), “Where Bach Meets Bon Jovi”