Area residents have an opportunity to Keep the Arts Afloat for the coming year, plus the chance to win $10,000.
Those rewards will come to winners in the North Central Louisiana Arts Council annual Keep the Arts Afloat Benefit. Ticket sales started in March and will continue until the drawing on Sunday, June 17th at the Peach Art Exhibit opening reception.
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council supports visual, performing and literary arts. Among its featured programs are:
- Drama Warehouse, which teaches students the fundamentals of theater from auditions through performance. More than 300 young people have benefited from this project during the past 16 years. Such activities provide children literacy skills, public speaking and self-confidence, Chambers said. Another youth-centered project, Summer Arts Camp for Kids, has impacted more than 2000 children.
- Holiday Arts Tour, which showcases area artists and musicians for a weekend each November, allowing them to interact with the public and sell their work. Over 650 attend this event annually, adding an estimated $64,480 to the area economy.
- Peach Festival Art Exhibition – Since 1987, this community art show has occurred during the annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival.
“We are deeply grateful for the area’s past support of NCLAC’s largest fundraiser,” Chambers said. “Without support from our community we would not be able to continue our current level of programming.”
“As in the past, 250 tickets will be available,” Chambers said, “which provides an excellent probability of winning.”
As always buyers need not be present at the drawing to win.
The $100 tickets can be purchased from any NCLAC board member or at Piney Hills Gallery in the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston.
For more information, callNCLACat 255-1450 or call Jones at 251-9468.