Understanding and implementing that philosophy, in 1960, a group of local Punta Gorda artists held an outdoor art show which drew an astounding 3,000 people. That vision of the power of art evolved into the Visual Arts Center which created educational, cultural and economic impacts for Southwest Florida.
A significant step in ensuring the continuity of the power of art for future generations took place in 1998 when the Endowment Trust was established. Critical early funding for the Trust came from the estates of Fred Babcock and Carolyn Bretz. The Trust continues to receive quarterly distributions from the Lala Kaiser Trust. Later, the Willaim and Betty Lou Baxter Estate bequeathed a major gift, and Dr. William and Suzanne Bowles created an endowment to further the art of portraiture. Donations come from art lovers, volunteers, and artists alike. The common element is that they understand the power of art and want it to exist beyond their lifetimes.
Additionally hundreds of donors have established Endowment accounts, both large and small, many of which have grown over time. Donations of $1,000 or more are noted in the Visual Arts Center's annual report as well as in printed programs for major art exhibits. The Art Angel Wall recognizes donations of $5,000 or greater. To date, $214,000 has been distributed to the Visual Arts Center to be used for strategic projects. As the Trust continues to grow, it can ensure that the Center's reach and content continue to meet the needs of our current and future generations.
Annual income from the Trust supports important Center programs and capital requirements. The Trust must ensure stability and growth, so the Center's reach and resources continue to amplify and meet the needs of our current constituency as well as future generations.
Their vision of the power of art is thriving today at the Visual Arts Center.
As the Visual Arts Center developed over the years, the power of art in action has enhanced our community as the Center's world class facilities have become available to artists and art lovers – younger, older, beginner or professional.
The educational impact of the Center has permeated our society in many positive ways. Its educational programs reach over 3,000 students yearly. The Center offers myriad classes in traditional fields of drawing and painting as well as in pottery, photography, sculpture, art technology, jewelry-making and various mixed media areas.
The arts provide inspiration and enjoyment to residents and their guests. Beautify shared public places and strengthen the social fabric of our community.
The Center has become a community focal point for the arts. The cultural impact can be seen at the high level of attendance at the many art exhibits and events, such as the Peace River National Art Festival, the biennial National Art Exhibit, the Fine Arts Festival and much more.
The economic benefits are impactful and far reaching. The Center has become a destination for visitors, a lifelong learning center for the community and an important attraction for potential new residents. The power of art has flowed from the Center into the community through the many working artists who sell their art and teach their techniques, thereby passing along their skills to others.
Additionally, donors have established Endowment accounts, both large and small, many of which have grown over time. The Trust must ensure stability and growth, so the Center's reach and resources continue to amplify and meet the needs of our current constituency as well as future generations.
Palette to Palate is a bi-annual fund-raising event sponsored by the Endowment Trust Board of Directors designed to accomplish the following goals:
Palette to Palate is an elegant artistic evening featuring sumptuous dining accompanied by original art works and dazzling centerpieces created by a variety of talented artists.
Palette to Palate attendees understand the importance of art in our community and its positive cultural impact. We hope that their experience will encourage future support of the Visual Arts Center as the cultural heart of our region serving thousands of artists, students and visitors.
What can I do?
As we confront the challenges of the next fifty years, the Visual Arts Center relies on the generosity of friends like you. You can give to the Trust in any amount and in many different ways. Whether you contribute a small or a large amount, a lump sum, or donate over time, the Trust can work with you to carry out your wishes. In addition, you can add to your Trust balance as you wish or as your needs allow. Many vehicles offer significant potential tax benefits.
What to Give?
Cash, IRA's, marketable stocks and bonds, real estate, and corporate matching funds are among the many ways you may consider. Consult with your financial planner to find the best choice for you.
When to Give?
An immediate donation may be made through a gift of cash or appreciated securities. A donation for up to five years may be made through a signed pledge card and fixed payments. Future gifts are encouraged through a bequest in your will or trust.
Remember, you will be benefiting the power of art for future generations in our community.
Who to Contact:
Executive DirectorVisual Arts Center210 Maud StreetPunta Gorda, FL 33950(941) 639-8810 or Email our Executive Director
Contributions to the Endowment Trust, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, are tax deductible
THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY ART GUILD, INC. DBA THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER IS A NON PROFIT, TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION, REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF FL TO SOLICIT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (CH-1731) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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