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Arts Council receives $90K donations for Flame Tree Arts Festival

THE Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture has received a total of $90,000 in donations for the 37th Flame Tree Arts Festival which will take place from April 26 to 29 at the Civic Center in Susupe.

Arts Council executive director Parker Yobei said they received a total of $30,000 donations from businesses and $60,000 from the government.

He said they will provide 77 canopies for artists, and 15 for food and beverage vendors.

Thirty-eight local and guest performers will provide entertainment during four-day festival, Yobei said, adding that the festival will feature cultural dances, musical performances, art demonstrations and displays and delicious food.

“Our arts inspire us to do greater things and enhance our lives and our community. We all benefit by supporting arts,” Yobei said in a statement.

This year’s Flame Tree Arts Festival is dedicated to nine late artists who made great contributions in promoting local arts and traditions:

  • • Kevin Taimanao Atalig was a singer/songwriter/producer. His popular songs included “Cadolac,” “Hit the Floor (Cho’chu Maigo)” and “Lachachai.” He received many awards and was named 1999 music artist of the year and top vocalist.
  • • The late Balbina Quichocho Dela Cruz was trained in the art of healing. She was a firm believer in herbal medicines and helped many women and children improve their health. Dela Cruz was also a weaver, a craft she learned from her father-in-law.
  • • Barry Alan Wonenberg, originally from Boise, Idaho, established himself as a distinguished member of the local community as one of its top visual artists. He shared his knowledge and skills with everyone and found his calling as a teacher of the arts. He first worked at the Arts Council and then at the Public School System. He taught arts on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
  • • Enrico “Heinz” Staffler was born in Bozen, Italy. He came to Saipan in 1978 and is best remembered for building the first full-sized replica of a Chamorro hut, patterned after ancient Chamorro latte huts. It was built at the helicopter pad near TransAmerica. He built a second one in Lower Base.
  • • Carmen Matagolai Toves devoted her time practicing Chamorro medicine and conducting presentations for kindergarten to 12th grade students during cultural week from 1995 to 2002.
  • • Kilroy Clyde Igisaiar Fitial is best remembered for his graceful moves. He helped form a cultural dance troupe in high school with his friends in Koblerville. The dance group, which was later known as “The Turnkey Warriors,” was a regular performer at Flame Tree Arts Festivals and Liberation Day festivities.
  • • Shane Donovan Metauligh was a dancer who regularly performed at Hyatt, Chamorro-Carolinian Village Inc. and Pacific Development Inc. events.
  • • Carmen Gaskins was an art advocate and collector.
  • • Francisco M. Norita was a member of the Arts Council board of directors.