We often hear stories from people about the positive impact the arts have had on their life. From someone who was not allowed to pursue art as a student because it was not considered a viable career path, to someone who used art to help themselves heal after a loss by immersing themselves in painting, to a young woman who found art to be a creative door-opener in social situations, to a former business person who said simply, art saved me.
Art does save. It connects us to each other; it allows us a path to creative expression and problem-solving. It lifts our spirits.
As we enter another season at ArtCenter Manatee, we consider all the many ways art has influenced us. Through classes, exhibits, events and the artisan gift shop – mostly through our connection to each of you. We have in the course of the year touched the lives of close to 50,000 people who have come through our doors or attended an outside event. Art is a shared experience, a conversation starter, a thought-provoker. It touches our hearts. It opens our minds.
Art also connects us to the community, not just through our events but through our involvement in things outside our doors that we are active in such as the Public Arts Board, The Service Club of Manatee County, Bradenton Kiwanis, Manatee Community Foundation and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. We are very grateful to be part of a creative, caring and supportive community.
Every year we look at what we’ve done and where we’re going. You’re an important part of that process because your support allows much of it to happen. From our incredible volunteers, members, teachers, students and donors, you help to make art accessible to everyone regardless of age, background or experience level. Thank you.
As we approach the beginning of a new year, we ask for your financial support in continuing the mission of ArtCenter Manatee. Your donation is tax-deductible and will go directly to support our programs for adults and children.
With gratitude and best wishes for a creative, joy-filled year.
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to ArtCenter Manatee while obtaining a considerable tax benefit for yourself.
- By donating directly to ArtCenter Manatee, your distribution will not be recognized as income and you will not be taxed on the transfer from your IRA to ArtCenter Manatee
- Your gift will count towards your required minimum distribution
- You can give up to $100,000 per year
- You can designate your gift to support the programs that mean the most to you
- Your gift must be directly to ArtCenter Manatee so that it is not recognized as income (can’t be used for a donor advised fund, private foundation or charitable gift annuity)
You may donate by calling us @ 941-746-2862, completing the below form, or mailing a check to ArtCenter Manatee @ 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205.
Thank You for Your Support!