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Date/Time: Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Location: Cobb Great Hall Tickets: Tickets are FREE. Ticket Office: 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

EAST LANSING, Mich. —In recognition of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Michigan State University and the College of Arts and Letters will host a community-wide 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration October 23, 2015 at Wharton Center. Tickets to see the 50th ANNIVERSARY CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online,, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800- WHARTON.

The prestigious event – including both the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) – will be comprised of entertainment, artwork displays, and the telling of inspiring stories tied to past NEA and NEH grants. The program includes Nathan Triplett, mayor of East Lansing and master of ceremonies; and guest speakers Peggy Plympton, deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Joshua Davis, MSU Theatre alumnus and 2015 The Voice TV show finalist, who will also perform, among many others.

The event will even feature several video presentations, including a welcome video from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, generated specifically for this event.

Additional performances will be presented by Michigan artists and Heritage Award Winners: • Coral Brantly, of Petoskey High School, the 2015 Michigan State Champion of the national Poetry Out Loud competition. • Nadim Dlaikan, 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow • Yvonne Walker Keshick, 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Artwork from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing; and member artists of the Lansing Art Gallery, as well as by MSU faculty members Thomas Berding and Paul Kotula will be presented in the Wharton Center lobby. In addition, the Michigan State University Museum is hosting a companion exhibition that features the seven Michigan recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship awards.

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