“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
As a nonprofit arts center with a full-time staff of five that reaches 50,000 people every year, we are dependent on the support of our members and friends. Your generous gifts help to offset the cost of our classes, special events and exhibits. Mostly, you enable us to be the premier visual arts center in Manatee County by ensuring the diversity and excellence of our programming. We not only have a wonderful range of classes, our instructors are top-notch professionals. With your support we are able to offer prestigious national shows along with exhibits that highlight our incredible local talent.
Your support helps to keep our exhibits free and open to the public (there is a nominal charge for national shows to cover the cost of shipping and insurance). It allows us to offer free supplies to the students in our KidsArt Summer Camp and After School Programs, and scholarships to children who need them – about 50 this year.
Because of you, we are excited about the future and we are poised to lead our community as a destination for the enjoyment of the arts.
In 2017, ArtCenter Manatee will celebrate its 80th Anniversary! We invite you to join us!