...Unless you’re a taxpayer concerned about the amount of your taxes that go towards supporting the schools and its art programs, you might ask “What is it going to cost me?” to support the arts.
I think asking for support and getting a "yes" is an easy question and answer. But what if I went deeper with the questions and asked how? This is not so easy to answer. In fact I don’t know if there are many people who know all the ways they can show support and which ones, even small insignificant ones, directly affect an organization such as Arts Rolla, and, I might mention, most other arts organizations.
One obvious answer is to become a paying member, but some people will question, “What’s in it for me?” A valid question whose answers would be to monetarily show your support for the arts - or you receive reduced fees for certain events, you continually receive information about what’s occurring in Arts Rolla and surrounding communities.
Arts Rolla is a not-for-profit organization, which basically means all profits must be used to further the cause of the organization. It also means Arts Rolla can apply for grant money to help run the organization, but we must compete with all other similar organizations for these limited funds. Other sources would be membership fees, entry fees to different events and lastly - generous individual and corporate donations.
There are many other ways to show your support, help in obtaining grants, and enjoy the arts in the process. Attending the receptions on the first Friday of the month (this date may change because of scheduling conflicts but you will know as a member by automatically receiving email updates) is counted for justifying the awarding of grants, supporting, meeting and talking to the displaying artist, sampling the donated goodies and perhaps listing to some great music or even listing to artist talk about their work. You could volunteer to help install or take down a show or help in other events for the children.
These all help in the awarding of grants.
Volunteering is easy! Just contact the Arts Rolla office and find out how you can lend a hand. When possible don’t only come out to events you are associated with, but try to support all of Arts Rolla's events so the entire organization can grow and continue to enrich lives in our area!