The story of Friends of the Arts (FotA) is best told by the lives we touch.

Our story is told by six-year-old Shelby, a very bright but shy little girl. She really loves music and wanted to take dance lessons. Her young parents thought this was a good idea but just couldn’t figure out how to manage this with their already stretched budget. Then Shelby’s mother found a brochure about FotA’s Arts for Life scholarships and decided to look into the opportunity. Five months later Shelby was a vibrant dancer in her first recital at a local dance studio thanks to the scholarship. “She just blossomed – her body, her mind, her whole self,” said her mom. And now she says Shelby’s being more social at school, she has friends, she has learned so much and become more confident in every aspect of her life.

Our story is told by the retired University professor who reads his original poetry at Friends of the Arts Poetry jams and now feels like part of the fabric of his community. He makes new connections and inspires others.

Our story is the story of local artists that are building connections through the opportunities provided by our various programs.

These stories are possible because of community support at all levels. These stories are possible because of generous individuals and businesses that donate both time and money. These stories are possible thanks to those that believe in the power of art and the creative experience.

Thank you for being part of that story.

 


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