Cecil College presents ‘World Arts Celebration 8, Indonesia!’ Sept. 16

ELKTON, Md. — The dance, music and art of Indonesia will be showcased at Cecil College’s Elkton

Station, where the college’s Performing Arts Program will present “World Arts Celebration 8, Indonesia!” at 7

p.m. Sept. 16.

This year’s annual event features a performance by Santi Budaya — a company of dancers and gamelan

musicians — and a fashion show of batik fabrics in the Performing Arts Hall. Julie Cerquira, from the United

States-Indonesia Society, will offer information about scholarship programs for study in Indonesia.

Immediately following in the lobby will be “A Taste of Indonesia.” In addition, the World Arts Exhibit

in the Elkton Station Gallery will display ivory and wood carvings, masks, puppets, jewelry and batik from the

collections of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C, Eunice Veasey, and Mie Mie Joe Strickler.

Tickets for Santi Budaya cost $5 and are required to be reserved in advance by calling 410-392-3366.

Cecil College students will be admitted free with a valid ID, but must also reserve tickets. Admission to the

gallery is free. Located in the lobby of Elkton Station at 107 Railroad Ave., and adjacent to the Performing Arts

Hall, the Elkton Station Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The World Arts Exhibit is on display until Sept. 30.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mie Mie Joe Strickler, a vital link to the Indonesian

community and the embassy in Washington, D.C., to bring a complete cultural experience to Cecil County,”

said Janaea Rose Lyn, performing arts coordinator at Cecil College and curator of the Elkton Station Gallery.

Based in Washington, D.C., Santi Budaya is a dance company established in 2005 by Erna Santi

Widyastuti. The company traces its roots to the Sanggar Tari Seni Budaya Company, which was founded in

Indonesia in 1973 by Widyastuti’s grandfather, Raden Soeroyo Prawiro, who is a legendary, professional,

classical Javanese dancer and master musician.

Santi Budaya has a goal of exposing the world to Indonesian culture through teaching, preservation and

promotion of Indonesian traditional music and dance. The company proudly presents the unique multicultural

experience of Santi Budaya in collaboration with other Asian and American fine art programs. The professional

dancers and students demonstrate their dance abilities and play traditional Indonesian instruments, while

exhibiting a variety of traditional dance styles from the Indonesian islands, modern Indonesian dance, and

fusion pieces with dance styles from around the world.

For more information, contact Janaea Rose Lyn at 410-287-6060, ext. 207 or jlyn@cecil.edu.

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