“Arts and culture are the expressions of a community’s heart and soul. Together they form an image that sets the city apart and creates anticipation and excitement for the resident and traveler.” -Americans for the Arts
Art Changes Lives
When you support ArtCenter Manatee in our annual appeal, you support Evelyn, Mollie and Dylan.
Art integrates mind, body, and spirit.
When we saw a need in our community for an Arts & Healing Program for people with mild to moderate memory loss, we started one. Thanks to your support, Evelyn, a local mom, attends free of charge. She comes to the ArtCenter every week to work on art projects, connect to others, engage and have fun. Yes, she’s smiling now.
Art is a language that all people speak that cuts across all lines – physical, racial, cultural, social, and economic. Art is the level playing field.
Thanks to your support, we are able to open our galleries to Manatee County School students every year, free of charge. Students get real world experience in exhibiting their work and 16 Best of Class scholarship awards are given to our KidsArt Camps. Mollie, a KidsArt student has a true art heart. Though visually impaired she loves creating and her heart is overflowing. Of her experience here she said, “I am doing a love face because love is always good.” We need more love faces.
Art merges the process of learning. By supporting artists at the beginning of their career, you give them a chance to expose their artwork and advance their experience and reputation.
We are committed to helping artists (of any age) get started by providing exhibit space to an emerging artist every year. Dylan, a thirty-year-old watercolor artist had his very first one-person show at the ArtCenter. Thanks to your support, he shared his love of painting, developed at age 12, with us in an exhibit and workshop – we all learned.
We hope you’ll make a year-end gift to ArtCenter Manatee. When you support the ArtCenter, you support the Evelyn’s, Mollie’s and Dylan’s of the future.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season filled with love and gratitude,