THE heART OF THE MATTER
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
When Gandhi penned those words, he knew it wasn’t as simple as it sounded. The man who would end 300 years of British rule understood that to find happiness, we must seek intellectual and emotional balance. He also knew that art was the expression of the soul and that no human being could meet the challenges of this life experience without it.
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has been the emotional counterweight at the heart of the community since inception. Our classes, our public events and gallery exhibitions result in one thing — essential joy, necessary balance and an unmatched celebration of community.
As we approach the end of a truly productive and exciting year, we pause to see where we have been and where we are going. We earned your support by being a very special place — a place that encompasses all that is strong and celebrated in a cultural community.
There is no question about what is at the heart of the Center for the Arts. It is quality educational programs, top-notch community events and inclusive art exhibits and experiences that make us the most well-rounded and progressive arts organization on the Western Slope of Colorado. SMU’s National Art Center thought so, too, when they designated Glenwood Springs the No. 1 Art Vibrancy Community in cities of 1,000,000 or less.
This year alone, we have collaborated with nearly 30 organizations to solve community problems with art as the answer. We are so proud of our growing outreach programs, providing art education opportunities for children in all of our local schools.
Beyond outreach, we offer more than 70 classes at the Center for all ages and skill levels, in the areas of dance, music, pottery and visual arts. Our dance program is nationally acclaimed. We opened a second space, The Annex, across from City Market in Glenwood Springs, to provide additional classroom and collaborative space to accommodate our growing class programming.
Our popular World Culture 5th Day program provides opportunities for students in the Re-2 school district and home schoolers to learn about world culture through the art of many nations.
Our Summer of Music Concert Series at Two Rivers Park is now in its 6th Season, continuing the tradition of a quality musical event and an unbeatable community experience.
Our Two Rivers Public Art Project continues to enhance the landscape of our beautiful city and showcase some of the finest artists in the nation.
There are many good things happening here at the Art Center because of your support. You are helping our instructors and staff members touch the lives of thousands (17,000 to be exact), whether they are students, event-goers, or emerging artists. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is your community Art Center. We exist to serve you and your loved ones by providing opportunities to create and enjoy the arts and to make art affordable and accessible to all.
Let me tell you how your end of the year tax deductible gift in any amount will make all the difference one child, one event, one exhibit, one initiative at a time:
Your gift of $500 will provide a scholarship for a semester for a child in need, support our general operating expenses and allow us to maintain our quality programming.
Your gift of $1,000 will provide all of the benefits listed above in addition to helping to sustain our collaborative partnerships, undergo building improvements and continue to market to under-served populations.
Your gift of $1,500-3,499 will provide all of the benefits listed above, and help us reach our sustainable financial goals, like setting up our first ever donor database and supporting our development and grant-writing processes.
Your gift of $3,500-5,000 will provide all of the benefits listed above, and ultimately help us grow and improve internal processes as well as expand the number of cultural events and art experiences we can offer our community.
Your gift can be designated for a specific initiative such as:
Growth and Development
Children’s Scholarship Fund
Collaborative Outreach Programs
In-House Education Programs
The Summer of Music Series
Youth Dance Companies
Competitive Dance Team
Visual Arts Program
Two Rivers Public Art Project
Donate online at http://www.glenwoodarts.org, or send your donation to: The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
On behalf of everyone at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, we thank you, and we’ll see you next Friday at 5 p.m. as we launch our 27th annual Winterfest, another event made possible by your support.
See you then!
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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