DCCA News: The arts count on you


In a little more than a week, Darke County Center for the Arts opens a new season of presentations with a concert by genre-bending singer/songwriter David Myles. DCCA’s season theme, “Arts Count,” can be interpreted as an affirmation of the value the arts bring to lives. If you already understand the benefits and joys offered through the arts, you have probably already acted upon your convictions. That action may include becoming a season subscriber to DCCA’s Artists Series or Family Theatre Series, or securing tickets to the unbelievably excellent and highly accessible Coffehouse Series. If that description fits you, thank you for acting upon your beliefs.

If you count yourself among those who profess support for the arts, and you have not taken any of the above actions, I’d suggest that you put your money where your mouth is, and immediately contact DCCA to make your purchase. Some of the upcoming shows may feature artists unknown to you; do not allow that to deter quick action. DCCA can be trusted to present only high quality artists, many of whom are not famous, but whose talents have earned respect in the entertainment industry and are deserving of notice.

You still have time to become a season subscriber to DCCA’s Artists Series or Family Theatre Series; taking this action will not only save you money, but will also help provide the local arts organization with the necessary base for funding current and future operations. You can also take the further step of becoming a member of Darke County Center for the Arts, and actually sponsor every arts program DCCA provides to the community. Memberships not only help fund the Artists Series and Family Theatre Series, both presented at historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, but also the Coffeehouse Series, which takes performing artists to small venues around Darke County, and the Arts In Education program, which presents outstanding performances to students in all grades of every local public school system, a truly exciting and important venture.

DCCA memberships are available at levels to fit almost any budget, beginning at $25; all members receive a $2 per ticket discount on tickets to Coffeehouse shows plus discounts at The Bistro Off Broadway, The Merchant House and Fairlawn Steakhouse. Those who choose to become a member at the Supporter level of $275 also receive 2 complimentary tickets to all four Artists Series events, while those donating at the Producer or Angel levels are invited to a festive luncheon which also honors DCCA’s sponsors.

While many like organizations have disappeared from communities of all sizes, Darke County Center for the Arts has continued to thrive for almost four decades. This success is due in large part to community involvement and support. Those of us who know how much the arts count in the lives of all citizens must do our part to keep the arts alive in our rural community. To purchase your season subscription or to make your membership donation, contact DCCA at 937-548-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. More information can be found at www.centerforarts.net.

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By Marilyn Delk

DCCA News

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at marilynd@bright.net. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.