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Dunham Fest

DunhamFest Katherine Dunham, a world-renowned African American choreographer and dancer, came to East St. Louis in the late 1960s to provide arts and humanities training to children and adults. In recent years, the Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities have experienced financial difficulties, reaching a crisis point in December 1995, when electricity and gas service were terminated for non-payment of bills at the museum, school, offices and residence.

The past year's Dunham Centers fundraising efforts culminated at the end of May 1997 with the Dunham Fest. This was a two-night dance performance at Washington University in St. Louis sponsored by ESLARP, the City of East St. Louis and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dunham Fest featured performances by the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Washington University and Webster University dance departments, as well as East St. Louis youth dancers and musicians from the Dunham Centers Dance Workshop. The event was successful in raising nearly $10,000 of needed funds and in promoting awareness of the Dunham Centers' cultural resources throughout the St. Louis region.

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