Art Center Time Capsule, Gallery in the Sky Festival Preview and Culture Day at Irving Elementary School in Sioux City

Sioux City Art Center officials closed a time capsule on Friday morning.

On March 1, the Art Center opened the time capsule to commemorate the 25and birthday. The Art Center opened on March 1, 1997.

Objects from the past, along with some from the present, found their way into 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 phone book from the previous era.

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

The walkway system will be the canvas for the Skywalk art festival “Gallery in the Sky”.

Gallery in the Sky is free and operates Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the walkway between 4and and 5and, 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 filled 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 rally was part of the Cultural Day for students and staff, including Cecilia Ruelas. She says the celebration allows children to learn more about their origins and about others.

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

Denison, Iowa started the state’s first high school Mariachi Band a decade ago.

La Perla Dance Troupe at Irving Elementary School in Sioux City

Town of Sioux City press release:

Sioux City Art Center closes its time capsule to the year 2047

SIOUX CITY – Twenty-five years ago, on March 1, 1997, the building we know and love, the Sioux City Art Center, opened its doors to amazed audiences and proud donors from all walks of life. A year later, objects from the first year of the new art center were placed in a time capsule in the middle of the Atrium maze, which was sealed with the intention of opening on March 1, 2022. At an event that day, the Time Capsule was unboxed and revealed to guests at the Art Center’s anniversary party.

During the month of March, the Art Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in the building. The contents of the Time Capsule were displayed on the second floor of the Art Center. On March 5, children had the opportunity to work with teachers and create works of art imagining what they might look like in 25 years. These works of art, along with items of interest, Art Center memorabilia, and some initial packaging items will be placed in the time capsule and sealed until 2047. Families of Art Center donors art were also invited to include letters, family memories and photos. The objects are intended to provide Sioux Cityans of the future with a glimpse of life at the Art Center in 2022.

As the Art Center looks to the future, it has embarked on a new endowment to ensure it can provide interesting and engaging programming for adults to the community. The endowment is named after 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 of the other. Funds raised from the March 1 anniversary event brought the endowment closer to completion. However, the arts center board and development staff continue to raise funds to achieve this important goal. For more information about this endowment and how you can help, please contact Development Coordinator Erin Webber-Dreeszen via the contact details above.

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

Sioux City Art Center Tour

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, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information is available at www.siouxcityartcenter.org.