Like most organizations serving our community, Darke County Center for the Arts is truly grateful for the many blessings bestowed by others. Thanksgiving offers DCCA the opportunity to publicly express the gratitude that is felt throughout the year but too often not put into words. What follows is a list of some of those to whom bounteous thanks is due.
Darke County Center for the Arts is governed by a board of directors who dedicate themselves to insuring that the arts council achieves its mission to promote the arts and encourage cultural enrichment in the community. Their generous expenditure of time and energy assures that the organization remains true to its founding principles while at the same time expanding its reach to meet the needs of an ever-changing society. Without the steady hand of this concerned group of diverse individuals, DCCA could not long maintain its respected place in the community.
The solid core of DCCA support comes from those who make up the membership rolls; people from all demographics donate as they can because they know the value of the arts to lives, and understand what would be lost if this unique organization ceased to exist. Members provide the funds that undergird all of DCCA’s programs, assuring that basic expenses will be met and making it possible to responsibly plan for the future.
Sponsors are, of course, vital to DCCA’s ability to present high quality programming in our small, rural community. Businesses, individuals, corporations, clubs, and other organizations support DCCA for a variety of good reasons; some see the expenditure as an investment in the community benefiting all those who work and reside here, others view it as a marketing strategy that offers reciprocal benefits, and yet others simply support DCCA’s mission and hope to advance appreciation for and enjoyment of the arts locally. Sponsors realize that a vibrant arts scene is essential to a thriving community; funds provided by this generous group make exciting things happen.
Other forms of community support abound. Local florists provide impressively lovely arrangements to enhance Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall during DCCA events; certain business owners and non-profit organizations offer their spaces as inviting venues for DCCA presentations, while others sell tickets for upcoming DCCA shows, all at no charge to DCCA. School administrators and their staffs embrace DCCA’s Arts In Education presentations in spite of the increased demands on their time now required to meet evolving standards; and Greenville Public Library generously provides DCCA with their cozy office space located on the third floor of the busy community center.
Since DCCA’s very beginning, local trusts and foundations have offered strong financial support, continuing the amazing legacy of generous benefactors whose influence impacts our community long after their passing. Also, DCCA greatly appreciates the support and guidance of the Ohio Arts Council, the state agency that was established in 1965 to encourage arts development and continues to strive to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically through the arts.
So, thanks to all those who enhance lives by helping keep the arts alive in our community, a result truly deserving of thanksgiving throughout the year.
Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at email@example.com. 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.