SAC kicks off fund drive

First Posted: 2/16/2009

The Surry Arts Council officially kicked off its 2009-10 Fund Drive with a goal of $160,000 last week with $40,000 already raised.
More than 50 volunteers gathered on the stage of the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the kick-off, which included lunch and the entertainment of the adult senior choir Golden Notes under the direction of Charles Vaughn. During the kick-off, volunteers worked on prospect lists and began the annual fundraising effort to raise the rest of the campaign goal.
The ArtWorks 2009-10 campaign is led by Chair Swanson Snow, who emphasized the importance of reaching out to new members.
Its going to be difficult to raise funds, but we hope people will support us and see that it is a low cost, he said Monday. The number of people we are serving is a broad spectrum of the community. We want people to know that we are serving the public and we like all the help we can get.
SAC Executive Director Tanya Jones reviewed the SAC 2009-10 budget and stressed the importance of small donations. She noted that those working on the campaign should stress the value of the arts in the community as the Surry Arts Council continues to reach thousands of people each week.
The arts council oversees programs at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the Downtown Cinema Theatre and the Blackmon Amphitheatre, which each includes many free community programs such as free fiddle and guitar lessons, free line dance classes, free jam sessions, free craft classes among others.
A photo presentation was played during the kick-off with scenes from programs of the past year. Recent and upcoming programs mentioned included the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the African American Dance Ensemble, the ArtsBall, which is March 7, and raises funds for free cultural arts programs at area schools, the Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 20, and Carolina Ballets Swan Lake. Also mentioned were the premieres of Rob Connollys Our Neck of the Woods and Jennifer Chapmans Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, which were filmed in part locally.
The new 2009 summer series brochure was also unveiled and more than 55 shows are included in the 2009 summer series from May 1 through Sept. 19. Season tickets are on sale now.
Membership and program information is online at or by contacting a member of the Surry Arts Council Board of Directors or Fund Drive Committee. For more information, call 786-7998.

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