Tri-City Concert Association receives Xcel grant

The Tri-City Concert Association is the recipient of one of several grants being given by the Xcel Energy Foundation.The amount of the grant being received by the association is $1,000, and will go toward the presentation of a concert by Robert Post, a comedian/actor/puppeteer/ventriloquist to approximately 500 students in third through fifth grades in the Borger Independent School District.The concert, which is being sponsored by the association, has the goal of enhancing the students' appreciation of the visual/dramatic arts.The Xcel Energy Foundation has granted $156,500 to 38 nonprofit groups supporting the arts and economic sustainability across the company’s Texas and New Mexico service area.The grants were made through the Arts & Culture and Economic Sustainability focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which provide grant funding to nonprofit groups working in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.“Area nonprofits play a key role in improving the quality of life in our communities, and we view our support as investments in our future,” said Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. Post will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Borger High School Auditorium in Borger.Post was inspired by the sight of his Italian grandmother spontaneously dancing and singing at any family occasion (including funerals) and the classic vaudeville, juggling, and specialty acts featured on the Ed Sullivan show.He created and built a career with his one-man variety show that entertains, engages, and enchants. He blends his love of character work with techniques of the movement arts to create a unique style that he has performed in various settings.Post has created over thirty works and received numerous awards and fellowships from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. A PBS documentary of his stage performance won the Central Education Network Award for Best Performance Program.A Post performance is described by the New York Times as being one of “dry humor, expert mime, versatile acting, skilled juggling, ventriloquism, splendid timing, and keen sense of satire and the absurd.”