Cultivating a creative community. That is the mission of The Golden Husk, the historic theater located in downtown Ord named after the beautiful acoustical walls constructed with corn husks. The Valley Performing Arts Theater (VPAT), Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, purchased the facility on July 1, 2015 with a grand vision to create a hub for engaging creative resources, empowering community connection and enriching quality of life. The VPAT Board is committed to providing a space where community members connect and celebrate the talents and gifts of our local people and enjoy arts and cultural events.
The first season at The Golden Husk has been filled with six live performances through May 2016. Community movie nights are also being planned at The Golden Husk in addition to a variety of rentals from the Polka Fest to wedding receptions to Ord High School’s prom. Activity at the venue is moving full steam ahead with next year’s season of events already in the planning stage. Information on venue rentals can be found here.
The VPAT board believes “supporting local businesses and organizations is at the core of the future vitality of Valley County. Our strength and future is anchored in the willingness of our people to work together for the greater good by partnering to create opportunities which attract new people and enhance our quality of life.”
The Golden Husk celebrated their grand opening on November 21, 2015 with the Valley County’s Got Talent show which featured local performers and world-famous beatboxer D-Wayne Taylor. Since then the venue has hosted a Valley County Christmas Celebration and will host a Love Letters dinner theatre and artistic workshops on Saturday, February 13. Upcoming performances include Catherland, an original musical in collaboration with the Lied Center’s Arts Across Nebraska program, an Adult Prom and The Marriage of Figaro performed by the UNL Opera.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, The Golden Husk is also excited to participate in this year’s Big Give to Valley County. Donations received during The Big Give will go to the marquee renovation project – many bulbs have been replaced however half of the bulbs still need to be replaced to complete the renovation. A total of $1,200 has been invested and the complete renovation will cost over $3,000.
To learn more about The Golden Husk and upcoming events visit their Facebook page, call (308) 730-8133 or stop by during their lobby hours from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily. You can also purchase a Golden Husk t-shirt by ordering online.