Donate to ArtCenter Manatee before Dec 31, 2020 and double your impact!
There are so many things to be grateful for this year. Our doors are open, our exhibits are active, the gift market is stocked and our classes are running. We are exercising caution eight months into COVID-19. That means masks, safe distancing, size limits and disinfecting spaces morning, afternoon and between classes.
When we reopened to the public in June, we weren’t sure our classes would make it, especially the KidsArt Camps. We are glad to say, we had 170 KidsArt students over 10 weeks this summer, 13% received scholarships from Service Club of Manatee and other groups and individuals. We took temperatures every morning, checked students in and out outside, and encouraged masks and safe distancing, as much as is possible with children. Our adult classes ran in pottery, jewelry, painting and drawing, following CDC guidelines.
Thanks to a grant from Manatee Community Foundation Knight Foundation COVID-19 Fund, we purchased video and related equipment so that we could move some of our programming online. From demos to kids projects to exhibits and opening receptions, to PSAs to promote the LiveArtfully market, exhibits and classes, and to Zoom classes scheduled for January.
Since 70% of our income was from programming pre-COVID, we have actively pursued grants and other funding to supplement our reduced income and we are very grateful for the support we have received from our community. We thank The Selby Foundation for helping us redo our website to make it faster, easier to navigate and more visually pleasing. We thank Manatee Cares for funding to purchase tabletop partitions, equipment, and for sponsoring a series of free classes to give people in the community an opportunity to de-stress, interact, learn and have fun in a safe and creative environment. We received a second grant from them to purchase COVID-related supplies. We thank the State for a grant to partially pay utility costs for one month. And in April, we received a Payroll Protection grant to keep staff paid while we worked through our three month closure.
The Bradenton Area Visitors and Convention Bureau (BACVB) assisted us with funding the Create Exhibit and the KidsArt Summer Camps, helping to make them both possible and a success. And we thank Jess Jewelers, who sponsored the Fishing For Diamonds exhibit for adults and children. What a fun exhibit and just the levity we needed.
We also thank our business sponsors, JPI Photoimaging, NDC Construction, Centerstate Bank, Blalock Walters and the BACVB for their support through a year when our events have been limited.
Our Arts & Healing Program, offered free to all participants, will restart in January. We closed the program in March when COVID hit hard. We thank The Rotary Foundation and Manatee Memorial Foundation for their support this past year.
We also thank you. You have been with us through one of our most difficult years. From donating to the Giving Challenge in May, to attending classes and exhibits and shopping in the LiveArtfully Market. Some of you have just stopped by to say hello – thanks for that.
While a COVID vaccine may be available in the 1st or 2nd quarters of 2021, consumer confidence surveys indicate it will be closer to two years before businesses approach ‘normal’ levels of attendance. Portions of our business are still too risky to return to normal, such as events and receptions. And we will continue to limit class sizes to keep you safe. This will continue to impact our attendance numbers as well as program income.
As we approach the end of the year, we ask for your support. Will you make a year-end donation to help support our programming? A very generous donor and close friend of the ArtCenter is offering a dollar for dollar match on all donations received until December 31, 2020. A $100 donation becomes $200, $25 becomes $50. We know times are rough for many of you and we are truly grateful.
You may donate by calling us at 941-746-2862 to use a credit card, by completing the online donation form below, mailing a check payable to ArtCenter Manatee to 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205, or just stopping by the Center.
We hope to see you soon and wish you a joyful, creative, and healthy COVID-free season.
With Gratitude and Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season
From all of us at ArtCenter Manatee
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)