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Virtue Signaling Needs To Be Accompanied By Virtue To Accomplish Economic Diversity And Equality In The Arts

October 24th, 2021
Virtue Signaling Needs To Be Accompanied By Virtue To Accomplish Economic Diversity And Equality In The Arts

Diversity in the arts is the latest hot topic on the Quad-Cities arts scene, and it’s certainly a welcome one, as the discussion has long been overdue. There is a definite shortage of minority voices across the arts spectrum, and that needs to be corrected. The only way it will be corrected is by it being acknowledged and addressed. Some groups have certainly been doing so, and deserve credit for it. Tristan Tapscott’s The Mockingbird On Main has been one of the most forward thinking theaters on the subject, with casts and shows that have distinctly featured minority performers and... Read More

Music Guild Meeting on Diversity in Theater Shows How Much Work There is To Do

October 24th, 2021
Music Guild Meeting on Diversity in Theater Shows How Much Work There is To Do

Three of the buzziest buzzwords nationwide now are diversity, equity and inclusion. Everyone it seems wants to do better in those key areas (be it in their workplace, nonprofit or volunteer organization), and that includes the Quad-Cities theater community. Thanks to a Quad City Arts grant and two professional facilitators, the 73-year-old Quad City Music Guild hosted a 90-minute discussion on these issues Saturday at the Prospect Park theater in Moline – led by the quote: “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” It was attended by about 45 people (fewer than 10 of whom... Read More

World Relief Quad Cities Boasts Beautiful, Colorful World Mural, by Mexican Immigrant

October 16th, 2021
World Relief Quad Cities Boasts Beautiful, Colorful World Mural, by Mexican Immigrant

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Over two weeks in summer 2019, Alejandro Martinez literally had the whole world in his hands. A Mexican immigrant who made a living as a painter in his home country, he was asked by World Relief Quad Cities director Laura Fontaine to paint a world map mural on one wall of their conference area, at 1852 16th St., Moline, Martinez’s daughter Alejandra – who graduated from... Read More

Quad City Strikers Warriors Are The NUMBER ONE RANKED Team In Iowa!

October 14th, 2021
Quad City Strikers Warriors Are The NUMBER ONE RANKED Team In Iowa!

The Quad City Strikers Warriors 2008 boys soccer team is the top-ranked squad in all of Iowa! The team, coached by Juan and Christian Nuci, is undefeated at 15 wins, zero losses and one draw, and has been ranked number one in the state at the 2008 boys level since the beginning of the fall season in all but one week. They’ve played the top-ranked teams in Iowa and Nebraska in various tournaments over the past months, defeating them all. Last weekend, they played some of the top-ranked teams in Illinois, and remained undefeated, beating Peoria 4-0 and Millenium 5-0 before winning the championship... Read More

Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

October 9th, 2021
Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! How do you solve a problem like diversity in live theater? From Broadway to the Quad-Cities, theatrical organizations of all kinds are wrestling with this thorny issue, now more than ever. Long before the widespread racial reckoning that’s taken place nationwide in the past 17 months (post-George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter, which has only intensified),... Read More

Western Illinois University Hosting Hispanic Heritage Month Events This Weekend

October 5th, 2021
Western Illinois University Hosting Hispanic Heritage Month Events This Weekend

The Western Illinois University School of Music will host a faculty recital in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 as part of the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This performance is open free for limited general audience seating, but due to the restrictions currently in place, patrons are being asked to scan the QR code and enter contact information upon arrival in the lobby (for contact tracing purposes) and maintain proper social distancing. Ushers will also be able to gather information for those who might need assistance.... Read More

Faculty Recital for Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 10 at Western Illinois University

October 2nd, 2021
Faculty Recital for Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 10 at Western Illinois University

The Western Illinois University School of Music will host a faculty recital in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 as part of the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This performance is open free for limited general audience seating, but due to the restrictions currently in place, patrons are being asked to scan the QR code and enter contact information upon arrival in the lobby (for contact tracing purposes) and maintain proper social distancing. Ushers will also be able to gather information for those who might need assistance.... Read More

Rock Island’s Denkmann Principal and Staff Shave their Heads for Student Battling Cancer

September 30th, 2021
Rock Island's Denkmann Principal and Staff Shave their Heads for Student Battling Cancer

Sixth-grade student Jose Lopez was diagnosed this past spring with Leukemia after Denkmann’s school nurse, Ms. Zimanek noticed an issue with one of his eyes. The school nurse contacted Jose’s mother and got him into an eye doctor that day. Jose is currently in Peoria receiving treatment. Principal Versluis asked students and staff to bring any spare change they had and if the school was able to raise 2,021 dollars by the end of this month he would get a mohawk. Staff added more incentives to raise money and said whichever staff member collected the largest amount of money would shave their... Read More

BREAKING: Group O Joins Apple’s Impact Accelerator for Innovative Minority-Owned Businesses

August 17th, 2021
BREAKING: Group O Joins Apple’s Impact Accelerator for Innovative Minority-Owned Businesses

BREAKING NEWS: Group O today announced that it has been selected to join the Apple Impact Accelerator, a new program for minority-owned businesses that are creating environmental solutions focused on climate change, resource conservation and smarter chemistry. Group O is one of 15 businesses selected for Apple’s first Impact Accelerator cohort. “Like Apple, Group O recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability and advancing equality and economic prosperity,” said Group O CEO Gregg Ontiveros. “We continuously work toward reducing our carbon footprint and that of our many business... Read More

Alternating Currents Expands Beyond Downtown Davenport for Lots of Fun, Free Entertainment

August 14th, 2021
Alternating Currents Expands Beyond Downtown Davenport for Lots of Fun, Free Entertainment

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! After a relentlessly punishing pandemic of 17 months (and counting) that’s attacked our bodies, souls and bank accounts, what could be better than four days and nights of free fun, on both sides of the mighty Mississippi? For the first time since it launched in August 2017, Alternating Currents is expanding in a big way beyond its downtown Davenport roots for 100-plus events... Read More