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Bluestem Series Announced - Who Pays For It?

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Bluestem Center for Arts announced it's summer concert series on Tuesday. The Beach Boys, The Fray, Trampled By Turtles, and Bonnie Raitt were announced as the four shows prior to Trollwood's main stage musical in July.    

Many in the area know that the Bluestem is programmed and managed by Trollwood Performing Arts School, which is part of the Fargo Public School District. Viewers have wondered who funds Bluestem events and concerts and whether or not the school district plays a larger role.

The Bluestem Center for the Arts has struggled in years past, but recent changes have the community optimistic. The Fargo Public School District leases the facility from the City of Moorhead.

"It is a fantastic collaboration between Fargo Public Schools and the City of Moorhead and I think it is a unique situation," says Trollwood Performing Arts School and the Bluestem Center for the Arts executive director Kathy Anderson.

Although some big names are coming here to the amphitheater, it is not costing the tax payer anything. Fargo Public Schools rents out the Bluestem Center for the Arts.

"It's Jade Presents he is our partner, that brings those groups in," Anderson says.

Trollwood rents out their facility for art education, entertainment and community events. The Fargo Public School District only benefits from the flat rate rental fee when it comes to renting out Bluestem for concerts, charity walks and weddings. They see no ticket, food or alcohol sale revenue.

"The rental policy are different from the school policy Jade does have vendors that bring in pizza corn dogs and alcohol," Anderson explains.

However, during the Trollwood main stage musical, ticket revenue goes back to the school to help fund the program.

"That is part of our budget..it is part of our operation and business plan," says Anderson.  

Bluestem hosted numerous events last year, bringing in more than 36,000 people and the school district and community are eager for next coming months and shows.   

"We just feel we have a great foundation that we are building from and were just so excited," says Anderson.

To find out more information on Trollwood, click this link.

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