Meridian en Blanc

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Meridian Bridge Due to high winds - relocated to City Hall (5th and Walnut)

Inspired by the Dîner en Blanc concept born in Paris and adopted by many cities around the world, Yankton Area Arts introduced a similary chic picnic on the Meridian Bridge in 2014. Intending to celebrate the arts in a beautiful outdoor setting, this has become an annual fundraiser to support arts programming in the Yankton area.

After a year off, we are excited to be back on the Meridian Bridge for a night celebrating art and raising funds for our new Make Art Happen Initiative.

Youth involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork. Through our work with local arts educators, we know one factor keeping students from participating and excelling in the arts is lack of financial resources. Kids who can’t afford quality band instruments quickly lose interest when their instruments don’t work properly, kids interested in digital arts like graphic design need access to online learning and equipment like drawing tablets and software, the costs of music camps are over $400 per student. The needs for fostering excellence in the arts are endless; therefore, we are going to help the youth of the community Make Art Happen!

Guests will be able to count on great food provided by Counterfeit Catering, excellent music by the Jim McKinney Quintet, and exquisite artwork being created on the bridge by Glenda Drennen and Jolene Steffen.

Tickets are $50 and available for purchase (by cash or check) at G.A.R. Hall during regular office hours, Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00pm.

For more information, please contact Yankton Area Arts at 665-9754 or email

Music by: Jim McKinney Quintet

Performing a variety of jazz styles rooted in the American Song Book tradition, the Jim McKinney Quintet features the some of the finest talent in the region. Jim will is a Professor Emeritus at SDSU and director of the Pride of the Dakotas marching band. After retiring from SDSU, Jim has maintained an active performance schedule as a jazz vibraphonist and drummer. He plays with multiple ensembles, including the Jazz Diversity Project, a group that has performed for over 40,000 South Dakota students.

The band will include Jim Speirs (trumpet), Dan Pederson (guitar), Eddie Dunn (bass), and Al Bervan (drums).

The concert will include favorites from Gershwin, Porter, Jobim, Ellington, and many others.

Live artistry by: Glenda Drennen, Jolene Steffen

Tickets - $50

Tickets may be purchased at GAR Hall, located at 508 Douglas.

No reservations

All sales are final

Thank you to our Sponsors


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