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    Lisa Scails
Post by On 26 January 2013 In ARTSWESTERN Blog

Demonstrate Your Love of the Arts Featured

written by Jennifer Rogers, Newtown Cultural Arts Commission
“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”   –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts
Passive enjoyment does not sustain the arts, we must be pro-active to help them endure.  There are many ways we can take part in supporting our artists and arts organizations, and some don't cost a dime.
Most of us think of "support" for the arts in terms of making a donation.  A theater company cannot survive on ticket sales alone, for instance, since sales often account for only half the operating budget, donations are a critical component.  Through our contributions, we ensure that the programs we value will be around for the future.
Advertising in a playbill is a great way for a business to get involved.  Alternatively, businesses who Sponsor events not only get recognition on posters and playbills, but build "good will" in our community, which is invaluable.
Simply buying tickets in advance is an effective way to show you care, and "early bird" discounts or subscription packages make it more affordable for you.  The more people wait to buy tickets, behind the scenes, producers wonder if they will be able to cover their costs!  Early registration even saves events from getting cancelled!
Volunteering not only makes you feel good, but has it's perks, and makes any event more fun.  Become a volunteer at a theater, and you could see every show for free.  Volunteer for a board position, and you could help steer the direction of a non-profit.  Being a volunteer utilizes skills you already have, but offers the opportunity to learn new ones.  All it costs you is your time, and maybe some gasoline.
Lastly, help spread the word about performances you enjoy, and encourage your friends to go.  Word of mouth is powerful, free publicity. The advent of social networking makes it so easy to share everything we Like.  Why not go further?  Our opinions matter to our friends, so add a comment to posts you see and contribute to the virtual dialogue, before and after a show.  This is something we can all do easily, and can make the difference between a struggling artist or organization and a successful one.
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