Now in its 15th year, Arts in Bartlett is in its next growth phase.
Arts in Bartlett, an all volunteer organization, has brought a variety of events to the Bartlett area so the many types of cultural arts can be experienced by people of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, we provide the opportunity for local talent to showcase their work right here in their own community.
Arts in Bartlett moved in fall 2011 into a 1300 sq. foot Center for the Arts at 118 W. Bartlett Ave. its 2nd storefront, with a larger gallery, three studios and an office. It grew to more then 280 members, many of those being family memberships that include at least three people. Our reach has nearly tripled in the past 3 years.
With this boom in growth and new opportunities, it became clear that to continue to work toward the vision of Bartlett and the surrounding community as one that values and supports the arts we must grow along with the demand.
So another big leap of faith -- Arts in Bartlett moved October 1, 2014, to 215 S. Main Street in Town center in October, doubling our space to 2,750 with a large storefront gallery, children's art studio, a community center and studio space for 2 artists, a cello teacher, 2 piano teachers and a woodwind teacher and a children's and teen choir.
Seed money from patron Jeanette Croonquist Edwards jump started our big move. We started a digital campaign called 12X12X12 in a drive to raise $2,000 with supporters donating at least $12 by the 12th month of our 12th year. We extended the campaign into renewals for 2015 and doubled our goal to $4,000. We also have had many other fundraisers in the past 2 years, including "Dinearound for the Arts" where local restaurants give Arts in Bartlett a portion of the money our members spent. Other special events such as a Children's Fashion Show, a Chocolate Extravaganza, an annual Festival of the Arts, "The Mystery of the MIssing Masterpiece" a fun "whodunit," $5 Friday Open Mics, receptions with live music on Friday evenings with gallery walks food and drink, and proceeds from the sale of Bartlett's 125th anniversary T-shirts. In 2017 we plan an International Arts Festival that will replace our previous Juried Fine Arts Festival on June 24-25. Go to News and Events page to find out more about events and activities.
It is estimated that we receive more than $20,000 a year in inkind services from the professionals who support our efforts with pro bono services, including signage, tents & table, consultants, musicians, bookkeepers, and PR/marketing.
In 2016 we received $6,000 in a grant from the Village of Bartlett, and a $1,000 grant from AT&T. and are currently awaiting a $2,000 grant from the Illinois Arts Council, which had been suspended previously due to the state not having passed a budget. The Illinois stopgap budget funds were used for the FY2016 grants. For the past three years, we received a Youth Employment grant from the Illinois Arts Council from a grant it received from the National Endowment for the Arts to hire high school interns for the summer. We continually look for other grant opportunities.
Income from dues are a very important part of our budget and we have kept them low to make them affordable for all. They start at $15 for students and seniors; individuals, $20; family $30; corporate memberships, $150, and the highest individual level, sustaining at $120. Our needs are increasing in the larger space, while keeping up on current programs: college scholarships,and offering more membership benefits, including free events and gallery and lesson discounts.
Founded in 2002, Arts in Bartlett celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017. Please join or renew your membership for 2017 today and consider an extra donation to the 15th Anniversary Bright Future Fund. We ask for a donation that has a $15 in it -- $15, 115, 150, 215, 315, even $1500! Your choice. All gifts will be acknowledged with a receipt. We are currently raising funds for better lighting for the community room and the gallery and to add to the Budding Talent grant fund that supports children with exceptional talent whose families cannot afford private lessons, art & music camp and supplies. In addition, sponsors and donors of talents and services for a new festival are being solicited-- for the International Arts Festival currently being planned for the last weekend in June 2017 in Bartlett Park.
When you become a 2017 member, your leaf will be added to our Family Tree to be displayed in the Arts Center. More branches will be added as needed to show our growth and the members' names as they joined the Arts in Bartlett family. In addition, if your child wants to come to Saturday Studios at Color My World Arts Academy, new and renewing Family Members receive a gift from Miss Kathryn -- a punch card with 4 free hour sessions.
You can join or renew online on the secure Paypal site with a credit card or paypal if you have an account. Or you can send in this form and mail it in with your check to Arts in Bartlett, 215 S. Main St., Bartlett IL 60103. Because Arts in Bartlett is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your dues and donations are tax deductible. Please consider an extra donation now.
If you're ordering from Amazon you can help the Bartlett Center for the Arts
Many of us use Amazon as a main portal for gifts. And, Amazon gives Arts in Bartlett a portion of the amount of your order if you go through their charity donation site: smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. This link goes directly to our page. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0703825 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Arts in Bartlett.
Or just go there when you’re ready to order and if you’re not already registered, a screen will come up and you type in Arts in Bartlett as your charity. It will come up in a list for you to confirm (be sure NOT to confirm Bartlett Arts Council – that is in Tennessee) and then start shopping. Next time you order on this site it should say at the top of the page that you are contributing to Arts in Bartlett. Same prices/same products: it doesn’t cost you an extra cent.
Thanks for your support. And pass this on to others, put on your Facebook, website and Linkedin pages too!
Please be aware that many corporations offer an Employee Matching Gift Program, which matches donations to a 501(c)3 up to $5,000. Any amount you give, no matter how small, will be doubled. Please contact your Human Resources Department to see if it has an Employee Matching Gift Program and if it will match donations to Arts in Bartlett.
Arts in Bartlett Programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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