Sponsorships are an important means of support for what we do here at the Colquitt County Arts Center. Sponsorships make the programs free to the public or the price is considerably lowered so that more people have access to participate.

Annual patron dues are a form of sponsorship that makes it possible for anyone to walk into the Arts Center on any given day for free. Without this support we would have to charge an entrance fee or the Art Center would possibly not exist at all.

A great example of a sponsorship that makes the arts available to hundreds of second grade students is the Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum. Second graders from all ten elementary schools in Colquitt Country come to the Arts Center to learn about art. This incredible program is made possible by the generous support of the Moultrie Service League. Without this funding most of these children would not be introduced to many art disciplines and the role that art plays in our lives.    

One of my favorite sponsorships will take place next winter when thousands of elementary students will be entertained by Theatreworks USA. Broadway-bound actors will perform two different plays for the entertainment of our local youth. This is made possible by Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers. This sponsorship reaches children from every corner of Colquitt County to see professional actors performing popular childhood stories. I think that it is safe to say that most of these kids are seeing their first professional play for the amazing      ticket price of only two dollars.

The reason that I am writing about the importance of sponsorships is the lack of funding for one of the largest exhibits to every come to the Arts Center. I wrote about the Georgia New Harmonies exhibition coming from the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. This will be a celebration of America and Southwest Georgia music heritage.

Details about the New Harmonies Exhibition and a calendar of events can be found by going to www.colquittcountyarts.com.

New Harmonies is a collaboration between the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Georgia Department of Economic Development. It is led by Honorary Chair Sandra Deal, first lady of Georgia, and Chair Rose Lane Leavell. Starting Oct. 27 and running through Dec. 1 a variety of music events (including a visit from the Atlanta Symphony), lectures and activities for children will take place at the Arts Center and other sites.

We have distributed sponsorship information packets, and I have had many conversations about this exciting event. To date, we have one sponsor and we are so far from the goal that will make this event possible.

It is a little past time to start printing marketing materials that should include sponsor names. Posters and invitations need to go to the printer next week so I am making one last attempt to find funding for this wonderful music celebration.

The show will go on with or without a sponsor. Without the needed funding we will just have to cut back on scheduled activities in the coming year.

You can call the Arts Center at 985-1922 to get involved. I would be happy to share with you the importance of this event. And I know that after almost two years of planning for this exhibition, Jane Simpson can tell you just how wonderful it will be.

I see this as a great way to show your customers that you support making Colquitt County a great place to live by improving the quality of life for everyone through the arts.

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