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NEWS 3.25.22: Art Center time capsule, Gallery in the Sky Festival preview, and Cultural Day at Irving Elementary School in Sioux City

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Sioux City Art Center

Officials with the Sioux City Art Center resealed a time capsule Friday morning.

On March 1, the Art Center opened the time capsule to commemorate the facility’s 25th anniversary. The Art Center opened on March 1, 1997.

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Items from the past, with some from the present, ended up in the capsule located in the building’s atrium.

Director Todd Behrens and Development Coordinator Erin Webber-Dreeszen did the honors.

The time capsule includes photos, merchandise, and even current technology like an iPhone and an old phonebook from the previous era.

The next time the public will see these keepsakes will be March 1, 2047, the 50th anniversary of the Sioux City Art Center.

The skywalk system will be the canvas for the “Gallery in the Sky” Skywalk Art Festival.

Gallery in the Sky is free and runs Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the skywalk between 4th and 5th, Pierce and Nebraska Streets. The event includes vendors, refreshments, and live music.

INTERVIEW: Brent Stockton of Vangarde Arts previews the Art in the Sky Festival
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Irving Elementary School

Sounds of Mexico filed the gymnasium at Irving Dual Language Elementary School on Friday morning.

A high school Mariachi Band from Denison, Iowa, performed with dancers from the school’s La Perla Dance Troupe.

The gathering was part of Cultural Day for students and staff, including Cecilia Ruelas. She says the celebration allows children to learn more about their backgrounds and others.

“It’s really important they experience this since some kids don’t know that is part of their culture because they have always lived in the States.”

Denison, Iowa, launched the first high school Mariachi Band in the state ten years ago.

La Perla Dance Troupe at Irving Elementary School in Sioux City

News release from the City of Sioux City:

Sioux City Art Center Reseals Time Capsule Until 2047

SIOUX CITY – Twenty-five years ago, on March 1, 1997, the building we know and love, the Sioux City Art Center, opened to an amazed public and proud donors from all walks of life. One year later, items from the first year of the new Art Center were put into a Time Capsule in the middle of the Atrium labyrinth, which was sealed with the intent that it be opened on March 1, 2022. At an event that day, the Time Capsule was unpacked and revealed to the guests of the Art Center’s anniversary party.

During the month of March, the Art Center has been celebrating 25 years in the building. The contents of the Time Capsule were put on display on the second floor of the Art Center. On March 5, children had the opportunity to work with teachers and create artworks imagining what they may look like in 25 years. Those artworks, along with items of interest, Art Center memorabilia, and select items from the initial packing will be placed in the Time Capsule and sealed until 2047. Art Center donor families were also invited to include letters, family mementoes, and photos. The items are intended to provide Sioux Cityans of the future a snapshot of life at the Art Center in 2022.

As the Art Center looks to the future, it has embarked on a new endowment to assure that it can provide the community with interesting and engaging programs for adults. The endowment is named for Hubert Everist, Jr., who served during the design and construction of the Art Center as a liaison between the architects and contractors on one side and the Art Center Board on the other. Funds raised as a result of the March 1 anniversary event have brought the endowment closer to completion. However, the Art Center Board and development staff continue to raise funds to complete this important goal. For more information on this endowment and how you can help, please contact Development Coordinator Erin Webber-Dreeszen through the contact information above.

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Sioux City Art Center is a partnership between the City of Sioux City and the Art Center Association of Sioux City.

Visiting the Sioux City Art Center

Sioux City Art Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Additional information is available at www.siouxcityartcenter.org.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.