Camille Silverman
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February 7, 2013
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The Art Center is launching a campaign to increase its membership

The Art Center currently has more than 1,200 members. To celebrate its 60th year, membership coordinator Laurie Lester has packaged together some great incentives throughout the year to encourage new membership growth and give The Art Center a big gift of 2,013 total members for the 2013 birthday year.

During March and April, when current members renew at the $100 level or higher, they receive an individual level gift membership to give to a friend (they must be a new member.) In June and July, when families register for a week of Summer Art Camp, they will receive a family-level gift membership to give to a new member (limit one gift membership per registrant.) October and November class registrants will receive an individual gift membership to give to a friend (must be a new member, limit one gift membership per registrant.) The Art Center will get the gift of a growing membership, and members and students can give yearly memberships to those who might not know of all that The Art Center has to offer.

"When I started working at The Art Center, I knew it was the right place, at the right time, with the right people, I immediately felt at home. It's inspiring to be surrounded by artists, to watch exhibits change and evolve as you view them daily. It's fun to watch other artists learn and grow in the classes at The Art Center," Lester said.

The Art Center has been an important institution in the community, and that's the main inspiration for Lester's passion.

"In my experience, the art experience is a legacy. We learn from others to make art, we share our art with those we love and with those who discover our work, we teach our children about the arts and expose them to the arts as best we can, through our education system, private lessons and public venues like The Art Center. As members of The Art Center, we are impacting the artistic legacy we'll leave for future generations right now - in our support of The Art Center, through our participation as members."

The Art Center is now part of the North American Reciprocal Museum program (NARM). A new or renewed membership at the $100 level or higher means that members receive free admission and/or gift shop discounts at over 600 participating museums nationwide.

To join The Art Center, call Lester at 970-243-7337, ext. 2, visit The Art Center and join in person, or download the application online and mail it in with payment to: 1803 N. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Online membership registration and renewal is coming soon!

All members of the Art Center enjoy the benefits of free admission to The Art Center for a full year from the time of enrollment or renewal; 10% discount on most items in the Gift Gallery; member discounts on all classes, workshops and kids art camps; invitations to member's events; postcards, class brochures, newsletters and mailings about Art Center events; and the ability to participate in the yearly Members Exhibit.

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