On April 6, the Arkansas Arts Center is encouraging patrons to support art in education by donating to ArkansasGives, a one-day giving event hosted by the Arkansas Community Foundation. Any donations made in honor of the Arkansas Arts Center on April 6 will help us qualify for bonus dollars to support the statewide educational outreach of the Young Arkansas Artists exhibition.
For more than 50 years, the Arkansas Arts Center’s annual Young Arkansas Artists exhibition has celebrated and promoted the creative achievements of elementary and secondary students across the state of Arkansas. The exhibition not only provides students with the inspiration to express themselves through the visual arts, but is vital to the development of arts appreciation throughout the state. By providing an outlet for creative expression, the Arts Center reinforces the crucial role in art plays in the classroom.
The 56th Young Arkansas Artists, opening May 16, will feature selected artworks in a wide range of artistic mediums and techniques: from the outpouring of youthful expression to more sophisticated works from higher grade levels. The exhibition brings together artists from all over the state, providing them an opportunity to receive inspiration from their peers – and even compare techniques. After the exhibition closes at the Arts Center, selections from the exhibition travel the state, stopping in schools, hospitals and other venues around Arkansas. YAA on Tour showcases the talent of Arkansas’ youth and inspire young artists to achieve – and perhaps exceed – the talent of their peers in the pursuit of a lifelong relationship with the arts.
Put giving on your calendar for April 6, 2017. On that day, visit ArkansasGives.org between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make a donation in support of the Arkansas Arts Center. ArkansasGives requires all gifts to be made online to qualify, and the minimum gift is $25. The entire dollar amount of your donation will be provided to the Arkansas Arts Center, and those donations will help us qualify for bonus dollars. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of a $250,000 bonus pool, but the more we raise relative to the other participating groups, the larger the share of bonus dollars we will receive. Your donation to ArkansasGives will enable us to expand our educational outreach, like Young Arkansas Artists to even more communities across our state, ensuring that learning, inspiration and creative expression in the arts flourish throughout Arkansas for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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