In 2015, the Kent Arts Commission celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over the past four decades the Arts Commission’s performing arts program has grown from a humble handful of concerts in the park to a year-round program including a full series of free summer concerts and the award-winning, popular Spotlight Series.
In celebration of the 40 years of arts and culture in Kent, I am pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Spotlight Series line-up, featuring performers from a variety of musical genres, theatre, dance, and comedy.
We will kick off the season with The Kingston Trio – a legendary group that has been performing their wildly popular folk music for nearly 60 years. Other musical offerings include Japanese Taiko drumming, a Celtic Yuletide celebration, virtuoso guitar, an evening of diverse fiddling, and the return, after many years, of Spotlight Series favorite Al Stewart.
Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe, The Second City also returns to Spotlight Series, and bringing even more laughs to the season is everyone’s favorite Sister from the Late Nite Catechism series.
We are also pleased to welcome Los Angeles based hip hop dance company Antics to Spotlight Series. They will partner with local dance crews to deliver a fresh, high-energy evening of poetry and street dance called “Sneaker Suites.”
As always, we’ve worked hard to put together a season with something for everyone. Take a look through the brochure and pick your favorites and maybe try something new! You get a 10% discount if you buy tickets to 4 or more of the shows.
Thanks for your on-going support. We love seeing you at the shows.
Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager
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We rely on the generosity of our patrons to bring top quality performing artists to Kent. Ticket sales and other sources of earned income account for between 70-80% of Spotlight Series' annual revenue. Sponsorships from individuals and businesses make up the difference and ensure the continued success of Spotlight Series.
Please consider supporting the Series through an exclusive artist sponsorship of one of the 9 exciting performances or an educational activity. Sponsors receive a variety of promotional opportunities to increase their visibility in the community, as well as VIP benefits for entertaining clients, building employee morale or just for fun! For more information on sponsorships, please call the Kent Arts Commission office at (253) 856-5050.
Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
Sponsors include 91.3 KBCS, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pete and Pat Curran Family, Curran Law Firm, Pat and Pete Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Judy Woods.