The Bohm Theatre Announces International Ensemble Pamyua as part of November 2023 Lineup

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Weeklong Educational Program and Concert

Residencies and Concerts Aim to Foster Culture Exchange in Small Communities
Albion, MI- Arts Midwest is bringing the indigenous Yup’ik music of Alaska to Albion as part of Arts Midwest
World Fest. During a weeklong residency in Albion, Pamyua will offer workshops in local schools and other
community locations and will perform live in concert at the Bohm Theatre at 7pm on Friday November 18th.

Pamyua’s visit to Albion is made possible by a partnership between Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the Bohm Theatre. The partnership is also bringing world
music ensembles from Ghana to each spend a week working in Albion over the next year.

According to Shane Williamson, Executive Director of the Albion Community Foundation “We are so excited
to bring this incredible musical and educational opportunity to Albion for all of our families locally.”

Torrie Allen, president & CEO of Arts Midwest shares, “Arts Midwest’s goal is to make inspirational and lasting
impressions on Midwest communities and people through this program. We think these weeklong visits offer
beautiful opportunities for the musicians and our communities to connect with each other through workshops
in schools, concerts in the greater community, and social gatherings.”

“We are honored to have a voice in the cultural community that communicates the indigenous mindset and
experience,” said Phillip Blanchett of Pamyua. “Our performances are a joyous celebration of our Inuit
culture, showcasing the music, dance, ceremony and heritage of our ancestry. We are gratified and excited to
have the opportunity to bring our music and the stories of our Yup’ik heritage to people everywhere. We hope
the experience helps forge a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity and encourages people to build stronger
relationships with each other and strengthen the ties between us so we all become stronger together.”

About Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, Arts
Midwest grows, gathers, and invests in creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state
region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One
of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, Arts Midwest’s history spans 35 years. For more
information, visit artsmidwest.org. 

About Arts Midwest World Fest
Since 2003, Arts Midwest World Fest has been offering small Midwest communities once-in-a-lifetime
opportunities to learn about the world from musicians inside and outside the US. This October and April,
World Fest continues with a six-state tour featuring Yup’ik ensemble Pamyua.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2022 World Fest artist tours are generously supported by the National
Endowment for the Arts, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

Pamyua Ticket Information
7pm at the Bohm Theatre, Doors open at 6pm. $5 tickets, 12 and under are free, Albion College Student ID-
Free.

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