Organization finances multiple artistic, musical endeavors The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs spread a little holiday cheer to Rockford this year in the form of a $6,000 grant to the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC). The money will be used to supplement the RAAC’s operating budget in 2012. The Arts Commission supports the Rockford Community Band, the Rockford Community Choir, the new Rockford Community Children’s Choir, the Rockford Community Orchestra, the Rogue River Artists Association and the Rogue River Community Theater. They also host several events throughout the year including Art in the Park, ArtCapsule, A Taste of Rockford and the brand new, inaugural Ice Festival Ball, which will take place on Friday, January 13th at the Blythefield Country Club to kick off the Rockford Ice Festival Weekend. “We strive to promote all forms of art,” says Mindy Miner, RAAC Treasurer. “It’s a challenge to showcase all the great artistic talent we have in Rockford in ways that are fun and affordable for the public. For example, all of our performing group concerts are free to the public, which we want to encourage. But, they are not free to put on. This grant will really help us get off to a good start in 2012.” Art is always happening in the Rockford Area and January is no exception. If you want to improve your acting skills, the theater group is hosting acting classes on Mondays in January at the Rockford Reformed Church. Visit Rogue River Community Theater on Facebook for sign-up information. If the short days and long nights are getting you down, dance your blues away at the inaugural Ice Festival Ball. It’s the perfect night out with a three-course dinner at Blythefield Country club, live music from Blue Star Pilot, a guest appearance by the Ice King, Randy Finch, a performance by dancers from the Rhythm Dance Center and magical entertainment by Russ Niedzwiecki. To buy tickets or get more information on this and other exciting RAAC events, visit www.artsrockford.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.