Western Plains Opera receives arts grant

The Western Plains Opera Company of Minot recently applied for and was awarded a $9,225 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The WPO was among 56 recipients of the most recent Institutional Support grants awarded by the NDCA. The grant program is designed to benefit artists, arts organizations and the general public. The program provides general support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services, and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities.

A total of $427,095 was awarded during this grant round.

The grant will help to provide funds to The Western Plains Opera for the September 2013 production of the “Le Nozze di Figaro,” perhaps the most well-known opera of all time. The WPO gathers local talent in combination with young professionals from across the U.S. to bring grand opera to Minot audiences. Part of the WPO’s mission is to further create educational opportunities through the WPO Children’s Choruses and community outreach. Tickets for Sept. 13 and Sept. 15 “Figaro” performances will soon go on sale.

“The continued support of the NDCA is a heartening endorsement to the company’s long standing effort,” says Ken Bowles, general director of the WPO.

The WPO has brought opera to western North Dakota since “The Student Prince” in 1976. The WPO offers several musical events each year, with the grand opera being the company’s biggest production.