Since 2003, Arts Midwest World Fest has brought international musicians to communities throughout the Midwest. You may remember when The Arts Center hosted four world-renowned performance groups. Many of us have fond memories of the experience and impact these “visitors” had on our community.

This year, the artists cannot perform in person but Arts Midwest is offering the programs virtually, on-line, available to everyone to enjoy, not just the “host communities.”   There are study guides, discussion questions, and videos that accompany each performance group, and of course, concert videos. This year showcases three international groups. Come to The Arts Center gallery, leave the computer hassles at home and watch these cultural performances with us over lunch!

Get transported across the world through music!

Learn something new!

Engage through Culture!

Bring your Lunch and your Mask!

12 noon

Paulo (Brazil) – Tuesday, January 20 at 12:00 pm

Discover the sounds of Brazil with Paulo Padilha e Bando. Paulo’s music is inspired by traditional samba and other popular Brazilian styles. Learn more about the history of the cuica drum and follow Paulo as he zig zags through the streets of Brazil’s largest city, stopping at the bakery, the market, and the beach! Then, tune in to the band’s backyard garden concert. Here is a trailer for a little preview.

Can’t make it to The Arts Center? Use your tablet, phone or computer to access these links for the first performance.


The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by Sally Jeppson. Sally has worked in the arts for over 30 years. She has an MA in Art History and is responsible for The Arts Center’s exhibits & Art for Life program that provides arts activities to seniors. In her time off, Sally keeps busy exercising, gardening, cooking and riding horses while running a business that works with museums, galleries and organizations to create exhibit materials, artwork and displays.