Jonas Foundation brings art to area students

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The musical group Ceilidh is one of the featured artists sponsored by The O.N. Jonas Foundation for the 2019-2020 school year.

The O.N. Jonas Foundation, in cooperation with the Creative Arts Guild, continues its Artists in Residence programs. The foundation supports in-school residency programs, placing artists at all schools in the Dalton, Whitfield and Murray county systems, including non-traditional schools. Research shows that a child's full potential develops when education includes the arts.

The Jonas Foundation is believed to be the only organization in Georgia that totally concentrates its efforts in bringing talented artists into our school system -- at no cost to the students.

One of the featured artists for the 2019-2020 school year is the musical group Ceilidh.

Ceilidh (pronounced "KAY-lee") is a Gaelic (a traditional language of Scotland and Ireland) word meaning "a concert at which tales are told, songs are sung and music is played for dancing." So, not only is this the name of the group, but it is also the type of performance they bring.

This versatile quartet was formed in July 2004, and the members bring with them nearly 200 years of combined experience in the performance of classical and folk music.

Ceilidh has performed for more than 10,000 school children all over northwest Georgia. The group has also performed in many concert venues in Dalton and Rome, usually for events such as Robert Burns' dinners, St. Patrick's Day parties, Celtic festivals and Christmas concerts. Ceilidh has played as well for weddings, receptions and worship services.

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