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Austin Arts: New intern will boost communication

The Austin Area Commission for the Arts would like to formally welcome Grace Heimsness as the first ArtWorks Festival intern.

She will be assisting committees, ensuring good communication with all our participants and will be keeping our Facebook and website up to date with the latest festival news. Grace has quite an artistic background. An avid writer, she received her bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she plays cello with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Besides the Festival, Grace will be helping with activities at the Historic Paramount Theatre and the Austin ArtWorks Center.

The next big Paramount event features Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience on May 10 at 7 p.m. Shaun is more locally known as the lead singer for Tonic Sol-fa. In 2011, he put together a group of talented musicians to pursue his vision to create a contemporary big band sound with a pop flair, honoring legends like Frank Sinatra, with a nod to Michael Bublé. Audience members can expect an up-tempo set that will include well known songs from a multitude of eras. The show will also feature Broadway-quality staging and lighting and plenty of audience interaction.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased online at austinareaarts.org, over the phone at 434-0934, or in person at the Paramount Box Office Tuesday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m.


Fundraising for the Austin ArtWorks Center is in high gear. We need to raise $225,000 more to reach our $600,000 goal. Help us add color to your life by donating today either online at austinareaarts.org or call us at 434-0934 and we will pick up the check from your house.

Jennie Knoebel is executive director of Austin Area Commission for the Arts.

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