Other Ways to Donate
The Richmond Area Arts Council holds two major fundraising events each year. Our annual Fall Gala is held in September and our Derby Brunch is held the first Saturday in May. Formal invitations are sent for each of these events. Fund Drive mailings with donor cards are sent via US shortly after these major events. In both mailings a return envelope is included with the donor card which lists sponsorship levels and the opportunity for sponsors to designate to a specific program if desired. Donations are accepted using credit cards, cash, or check. Donors may also donate via our website, www.artsinrichmond.org.
Volunteer luncheons are held to show appreciation to our volunteers and to discuss volunteer opportunities. Services include distribution of programs, collecting tickets, monitoring the guest book at events, coat check, serving food at events, assisting in the office, maintenance and repair of our historic building, filing music, arranging floral decorations, setting up for events, serving on committees/teams, and more.
Volunteers sign up for the events in which they are interested. The Richmond Area Arts Council expresses appreciation to volunteers and donors at events by listing their names on posters at events and in the Arts Council building, via email, newspaper articles, thank you notes, and at our annual Members and Volunteers Reception held in June of each year.
Mission StatementThe Richmond Area Arts Council (RAAC), in partnership with the community, enriches the quality of life for area residents of all ages by providing educational opportunities, presenting art forms, promoting artists and art groups, and guiding advancement of the arts.
Programs and ServicesThe Richmond Area Arts Council offers performing and visual art programs for residents of all ages. In addition to 20 performing art events each year, we provide an extensive educational program for youth and adults. As part of the Richmond community, the Richmond Area Arts Council partners with various community groups including the Madison County Schools, local businesses and other charitable organizations to provide quality programming and educational opportunities for residents of all ages.
Realizing there was little opportunity for citizens in the Richmond community to participate in the many aspects of the arts, a group of interested citizens met at Daniel Boone Elementary School in November of 1988 and began planning for the Richmond Area Arts Council. After being incorporated as a non-profit business in 1989, a Board was selected, officers were elected, organizational structure was established, and a membership drive followed. Successful programs and events for both children and adults were quickly planned and implemented for the upcoming arts year. The citizens, businesses and the governmental entities of Richmond and Madison County were immediately supportive of this project.
As the organization grew the Directors realized there was no place for the office and staff to function and for programs and events to occur. In the fall of 1990, the Board of Directors purchased the Episcopal Church building on Lancaster Avenue at Water St. and named the facility the Richmond Area Arts Center. This beautiful building, built in 1887, contains an impressive collection of stained glass windows and is a lovely example of Victorian architecture. Plans were made to make the building safe and accessible while preserving its historic qualities.
The first fundraising event for the Arts Center was the Arts Gala held at Elmwood, the home of the late Emma Watts. The Arts Galas from 1990 to 1997 along with funds from individuals, businesses, the City of Richmond and the Madison County Fiscal Court made the purchase and renovation possible.
Over the years, the Richmond Area Arts Council has presented many concerts, art exhibits, after-school and summer programs for children, established two choral groups, strings classes, provided many social opportunities and has created a unique role for itself in this community. At the same time, the Arts Council has maintained the historic Arts Center building. Thousands have visited the Arts Center and have benefited from the work of the Arts Council. It is a well-known fact that an arts facility in a community makes it attractive for business to flourish and provides a rich cultural environment for all citizens.
Top 3-5 Accomplishments From Past Year
We have been able to:
2. Increase arts education classes - The Art of Chinese Healing classes, writing classes, antiques classes, book reading/signings, art classes, photography classes, weaving classes, ballroom dancing classes, song writers guild, and more.
3. Increase partnerships within the community
4. Increase enrollment in Treble Clef Youth Chorus, Madison Singers, after-school arts enrichment classes, and Madison Strings
5. Preserve and maintain our historic building including installation of 2 new HVAC units and a new roof
Top 3-5 Goals for the Current Year
1. Continue to increase and encourage volunteerism
2. Increase sponsors, community partnerships and in-kind donations
3. Increase arts education offerings for both children and adults
4. Maintain financial stability
5. Increase rentals of building
Five Most Pressing Needs
1. Financial Stability (Maintenance of our historic building, funds for programming and events)
2. New employee responsible for marketing and other duties as assigned. Expertise in creating flyers, website design, etc. ($10,000)
3.Update kitchen cabinets. kitchen flooring, and storage spaces
4. Method to evaluate our marketing ($1,500)
5. Increase drama and dance programs while maintaining existing programs ($10,000)
RAAC promotes lifelong learning by offering programs/classes for residents of all ages, varying interests, and ability levels. In addition, RAAC sponsors a community chorus for adults of all ages, a youth chorus for students in grades 2-12, and a strings program for students in grades 2-12. Many concerts, showcases, art exhibits, and other programs are presented throughout the year. Adult arts education classes include basket weaving, antiques classes, writing, table decorating, Chinese healing, photography, ballroom dance, song writers guild, and dulcimer. Bi-monthly art exhibits are held at the Arts Center and are free for all to enjoy. These exhibits feature local artists from a variety of artistic mediums.
The “Fun With the Arts” after-school arts program is our most extensive arts education program targeting youth. This program is available to any student in grades K-5. Classes are held in 3 hub schools throughout Madison County. Students attending a school other than one of the hub schools are transported by to the hub school in closest proximity to their home school. Students from private, parochial, or home schools are welcome to attend classes at the hub school of their choice. Students receive a snack and supervised homework time before classes begin. Instructors are experts in their field of study and are required to submit a background security check and mandatory training. Classes include: Pottery, The Art of Illustration, Drama, Music and Movement, Lego Art: Creative Thinking Through Learning and Playing Games, Spanish, Guitar, Piano, Art in 3-D, STEAM, Puppets and More, Forks and Fiction, Puppets and More, and Creative Kids.
RAAC assesses and plans programming needs continuously and strives to have programming in place at least six months in advance. The ED and Programs/Events Team evaluate the goals set by the Board of Directors and the Strategic Plan. Each program or event must be financially feasible and, if possible, have corporate or individual sponsorship. In addition, a member of the Board of Directors chairs each event. This serves to create unity and a sense of cohesiveness within the organization and community at large. The strengths and interests of each board member are considered when chairs for each program or event are accepted or assigned. RAAC programs annual performances and events to represent our diverse population. Programs are selected to target community members of all ages, ethnicities, and income levels. RAAC also strives for artistic diversity; showcasing a plethora of artistic genres and educational programs.
The Richmond Area Arts Council is working to develop our Board Member Selection Criteria. New board members were added during our June 2016 meeting. The addition of new board members is an excellent opportunity for the Richmond Area Arts Council to involve members of the community interested our mission and brings new insight, ideas, and increased enthusiasm to the organization.
Challenges facing the current board include illness, scheduling conflicts with family members/work, and caring for elderly parents. All members of the board serve on teams including Arts Funding, Arts Education, Programs and Events, Madison Singers, Art Exhibits, Treble Clef Youth Chorus, Arts Center, Marketing, and Membership. This enables members to serve the Arts Council in the area best suited to their interests and abilities. We have an excellent opportunity to add board members and increase our presence within Madison and surrounding counties.
‘75-‘97 McCreary Co. Schools
Music Teacher/Choral Dir-McCreary & Pine Knot HS
Music Teacher/Choral-Pine Knot Elem
Pianist -Whitley City Bpt Ch
‘97-‘98 Madison Co. Schools
Music Teacher/Choral-Daniel Boone Elem
‘98-‘12 Fayette Co. Schools
Music Teacher/Choral -Glendover Elem
Gateway Comm.Ch Chorus Dir
Infiniti Singers Dir
Pianist -Whitley City Bpt Ch
Gateway Comm. Ch. Cho. Dir
Arts Ed. Coord-Richmond Area Arts Council
ED-Richmond Area Arts Council
Madison Youth Cho. Dir
Sterling Singers Dir
Treble Clef Youth Chorus Director
Choir Dir-Stearns 1st Bpt Ch
Dist.7/11 Elem. Music Chair-‘99-‘02
KY Music Ed. Assoc Elem. Music Chair (state) ‘01-‘04
Coord of Districts 7/11 Choral Music Festival
Coord - Fayette Co. Elem. Choral Music Fest.
Adj.for KMEA Choral Assessment
Coord- KY Music Ed. Assoc All-State Cho.(state)
Coord-KY Choral Dir .Assoc, All-State Cho.
The Richmond Area Arts Council (RAAC) is an organization that enriches Madison County and surrounding areas by ensuring access to the arts, fostering a passion for the arts, and successfully advancing our mission by collaborating with community partners who, like our organization, are committed to moving our community forward. Our historic building in downtown Richmond, Kentucky, serves as an artistic hub bursting with energy and talent of local artists, the creative minds of all ages, and a robust events calendar. We strive to be a model arts organization, including growth of our programs and outreach, so from a governance perspective, we are constantly assessing how to be model stewards of the funds that have been entrusted to us. We take our responsibility to our community seriously and are always looking for the most effective and efficient programs to enrich our community.
Annually, the Richmond Area Arts Council offers a host of performing arts events, diverse calendar of classes, quality programing and educational opportunities for all ages, and community events that not only raise needed funds for our organization, but also nurture an appreciation and a passion for the arts in our community. Our united mission allows the board, working collaboratively, to be an anchor organization that thrives, not just for a short period of time, but instead serves as a steadfast community partner and catalyst for advancing a legacy for the arts.
One of my favorite things about being a part of the Richmond Area Arts Council is that there is an active energized board and staff that use practical, reasoned approaches to meet the organizational needs of RAAC. We can responsibly grow our presence in the community, by using sound approaches, and meet funding benchmarks by utilizing tools, such as Giving Tuesday, to build this community legacy.
I am involved in the Richmond Area Arts Council because I want to be a part of a community where children, including my own, have art and cultural experiences to enrich their lives. I am blessed to be a part of this community and this organization!
Challenges include updating our kitchen, phone system, HVAC system new roof and maintenance of our historic building. The Administrative Assistant creates marketing documents, maintains our website, twitter, and e-newsletter. Our current phone system lacks the ability for patrons to leave messages and is unreliable. . There is also a need for another full-time staff person which would allow current employees to work on long-term projects and become more proactive instead of reactive. With all the programs the Richmond Area Arts Council has in place it is difficult for two part-time employees & the Executive Director to stay abreast of planning & implementation.
Other challenges include sustaining an active volunteer network including persons with special skills & continually working with our outstanding board members regarding programs, events, governance, & planning.
Opportunities include increased partnerships in Madison & surrounding counties including outreach programs. Expanding the after-school arts program into more schools & continuing to increase enrollment in all classes and programs would serve to provide the citizens of Madison County more opportunities to participate in the arts. For students, the opportunity to participate in activities they enjoy will build self esteem, allow them to express themselves, develop skills, & lead more productive lives. For adults providing opportunities for better use of leisure time, networking, & the opportunity for self expression is a definite goal.
The “Fun With the Arts” after-school arts program is our most extensive arts education program targeting youth. This after-school arts program is available to any student in grades K-5. Classes are held in three hub schools throughout Madison County. Students who do not attend one of the hub schools are transported by Madison County Schools Transportation Department to the hub school in closest proximity to their home school. Students from private, parochial, or home schools are welcome to attend classes at the hub school of their choice. Instructors are experts in their field of study and all teachers/aides must submit a background check and training in emergency procedures, sexual harassment, etc. Classes include: Pottery; Guitar; Piano; Spanish; Art Art in 3-D; LEGO Art; Drama; Creative Thinking Through Learning and Playing Games; The Art of Illustration; Music and Movement; STEAM; Puppets and More; Forks and Fiction; and Creative Kids. Our arts education classes offer enrichment to supplement arts classes taught in the schools.
The Madison Singers is a non-auditioned adult chorus sponsored by the Richmond Area Arts Council. The chorus meets each Tuesday evening 7-8:30pm in the beautiful Grand Hall of the Arts Center. Three concerts are presented throughout the year featuring a wide range of musical selections. The choir currently has 52 members and continues to grow each semester. Concerts are held at the Richmond Area Arts Center, Ravine at Eastern Kentucky University and local churches. Our American Musical Salute, at the EKU Ravine, is presented with the Madison Community Band.
The director of this outstanding chorus is Dr. Stephen Bolster, Director of Choral Activities at Berea College. Under Dr. Bolster’s direction the singers have the opportunity to improve their vocal skills including tone, enunciation, sight reading, and blend while learning different styles of music throughout the year. Members of the chorus live in Richmond, Berea, Mount Vernon, Winchester and Irvine .
The Treble Clef Youth Chorus provides an excellent vocal setting for students in grades 2-12. The chorus rehearses at the Richmond Area Arts Center each Monday evening. Three or more concerts are presented throughout the year and some students audition and are accepted into the Kentucky All-State Children’s Chorus each year. Students also have the opportunity to perform solos during concerts or as part of choral selections if they wish. During rehearsals the students learn correct vocal techniques to promote good vocal health, solfege, Kodaly, note reading & performance etiquette. A wide range of repertoire is learned & the students perform with a piano, guitar, & other instruments. Concerts have been held in Mount Sterling, Singletary Center, EKU, area churches, area assisted living facilities, downtown Richmond, and the Richmond Area Arts Center. No auditions are required for participation in the chorus. The chorus is directed by Sheila Lippman, music teacher at Model Laboratory School at EKU and accompanied by Dr. Bernardo Scarambone, director of piano studies at EKU.
The Madison Strings is for students in grades2-8. While learning to play the violin and cello students learn to read music and are exposed to varied repertoire. Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening at the Richmond Area Arts Center 5:45-7:15 pm. RAAC rents violins at a very low cost to students who do not own their own instrument. Two concerts are presented each year.
Mrs. Jenny Clarke is the director with Mr. Jarrell Gilkey serving as the teacher's assistant.
The challenges we face regarding programming tend to be obtaining sufficient sponsors to fund individual programs. Donors may designate their contribution to a specific program if they wish and some programs appear to be more attractive to donors than others. For the children’s arts programs more funding for scholarships is always needed. We distribute 100% of the scholarship funds to students based on the number of classes/programs for which the child is registered, number of children in the household, income, and extenuating circumstances.
We have updated our donor levels and opportunities and are excited about the possibilities this may hold for us. Our outdoor sign listing all sponsors has been updated and sponsors are listed on our website, E-Newsletter, Email blasts, posters, events programs, and announced at events. Ways in which we can make our donors know they are appreciated is a goal for the Richmond Area Arts Council.
Fortunately the citizens of Madison and surrounding counties have requested more programs resulting in a scheduling challenge due to space and staff limitations. The opportunity to sustain and develop partnerships within in the community is one way to provide the programming our citizens have requested. Partnerships are a vital part of all activities at the Arts Council.
We have exhausted the ‘free’ marketing opportunities so funding for additional marketing is a challenge we look forward to in the coming year. With increased donors and successful programs the opportunity for increased marketing is evident.
RAAC maintains strong and united partnerships with arts and non-arts organizations dedicated to providing artistic and educational programs to the citizens of Madison and surrounding counties. We are always receptive and looking for ways to partner and expand our collaborative efforts with other organizations.
(1) Madison County Public Schools-Arts Expo, “Fun With the Arts” after-school arts classes
(2) Nathaniel House (assisted living facility for adults with physical or mental disabilities)volunteers and art exhibit
(3) Tater Knob Pottery-clay for the pottery classes; consignment items
(4) Madison County Fiscal Court-funding and support
(5) City of Richmond-funding and support
(6) Richmond Chamber of Commerce- programming and support
(7) Richmond Register-Arts & Events Guide; marketing
(8) Richmond Tourism-marketing
(9) Cecilian Club
(10)WEKU-fm, Wallingford Communications, Time Warner Cable
(11) Richmond Garden Club
(12)Local service clubs (Richmond Rotary Club, Bluegrass Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, etc.)
(13) Eastern KY Univ.
(14) Local artists
(15) KY Presenters Network
(16) Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen
(17) McCready Manor, Arcadian Cove & Morning Pointe (retirement communities)
(18) Richmond Area Arts Council Basket Guild
(19) Richmond Centre
(20) Berea Arts Council
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
In today’s economy donors are selective regarding giving opportunities. The Richmond Area Arts Council monitors all donations carefully and 100% of designated donations go to the designated program or event. The challenge facing the Richmond Area Arts Council is the lack of or decreased grant opportunities and decreased donors due to concerns by businesses and individuals regarding the economy. We are pursuing all available funding opportunities because we believe in our mission and understand the need for quality arts opportunities for all citizens of Madison and surrounding counties. We welcome the challenge and remain actively engaged in our communities and possible funding opportunities.
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