Art is a tough way to make a living. Ask any musician, writer, sculptor, or actor. Following your passion often means spending more time than you’d like doing something else to pay the bills. Today, we wrap up our series on arts adapting in Rockford with a look at some of the people creating their art just outside the mainstream.
Throughout November, WNIJ is reporting on the state of the Rockford arts scene. The city has plenty of long-standing arts organizations. But there are also plenty of individual artists trying to carve out a place for themselves.
Home-grown theater in Rockford has changed significantly over the past few decades. Theaters have come and gone, and the people who present stage works for local audiences have changed as well.
Mike Webb is preparing for the next production in his 29th season as Artistic Director of Rock Valley College Theatres. He’ll open “The Wizard of Oz” in December as part of what he calls his “impossible season.”
We continue our series on the arts in Rockford on a slightly different beat-- dance.
A group of women gather Tuesday mornings in a Rockford Dance Company studio for a class on the basics of tap dancing. Instructor Theresa Sinks says the class is open to all ages and abilities and is part of a focus on improving wellness in Rockford.
“It’s not just the five-year-old in tutus. It can be people well into their adult lives.” - Theresa Sinks, instructor, Rockford Dance Company
Some of the city’s older arts organizations are trying to adapt to a cultural and economic climate that is much different than when they were formed.
Joel Ross has been the artistic director for the choir Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, for 25 of its nearly 50 years of existence. He says an arts organization that wants to stick around needs to answer several important questions: