December 2016- Best wishes for a great new year. After seriously contemplating how to pinch pennies in the new year, we are sending out sincere thanks to the United Way of Northern Utah allocations board and everyone who supported the United Way campaign this past fall. Their grant award along with a grant award from the Boeing Employee's Community Fund will help us continue a broad spectrum of teen activities in the coming year. We are seeing some great things happening and are grateful for the opportunity to continue as we work to inspire the same level of positive, interactive learning activities. Please help us say THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED FUNDS, TIME, AND/OR SUPPLIES TO MAKE ALL THAT IS HAPPENING AT THE FINE ARTS CENTER POSSIBLE. Susan Neidert, Director
November 2016 . A special thanks to everyone who helped with our various Halloween activities- from a school holiday celebration with Halloween Magic and a family night with Halloween Hoot to being a part of the Boys and Girls Club Saturday community Halloween Carnival. Watch for two more Saturday craft day opportunities and a holiday season kick off with Hansel and Gretel.
Think tank has started. We have extra lap tops to help with homework and always a few fun crafty things to do including art time on Tuesdays for students age 13 and up and Improv on Thursdays for students age 14 and up.
MORE ABOUT THE FINE ARTS CENTER: Empowering lives through the Arts
Our Goal has been to offer a variety of 'arts- inspiring' activities for a variety of age levels. . . youth Choir, theatre schools for every age group, drawing and other visual arts classes, arts classes for adults, are a big part of this. Classes are year round, with summer camps as well as after school classes September through May. New classes are often start September and January and go for 6 to 14 weeks.
Improv Faction: Over the years, since about 2006 or so, we have been offering a free teen improv program - In the past 2-3 years this has become a very well structured and well loved Thursday afternoon program from 5-6 or 6:30 pm for teens 14 and older. It is currently under the direction of William Bruce Baird.
Pay it Forward: In 2012, we started Pay it Forward as a youth Volunteer program for teens ages 12 to 16 years of age. They mostly meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 5:15 pm. Besides getting to know many of the community service programs and sites, we also help them learn the value of service and assist them in keeping track of their service hours. This program is registered with the Presidential volunteer service award program.
Think tank: Started September 2016, here is a place to socialize and get help with homework from 3-5 pm. We will have snack food, and weekly challenges for students.
More Free or very low cost Teen opportunities: See our classes and programs page for special teen classes and activities including: Teen Art time, Group voice training, puppetry and videos arts class, and group instrumental time.* (* Instrumental/ Rock band time is still in the works and planning to start soon.)
Creative Stage: This program has expanded theater activities from a yearly Melodrama and annual high school age spring production to include at least two other productions aimed mostly at youth 8-18 years of age. See the Creative stage page under community events.
Equally important has been the puppetry museum and other realated ongoing community activities:
PUPPETRY: If you are looking for more fun things to do, especially family oriented, affordable things, . . . remember Puppet Museum days on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 1-4 pm* ( periodically subject to change -please feel free to call ahead if you are travelling a distance- 435-723-0740 or 435-730-2487) We are grateful to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for helping us with several upgrades which have assisted us in really dressing up the museum. The museum is also open to visitors and community groups by appointment, including classroom and field trip workshops.
PUPPET STORY TIME: Offered during the school year on the 2nd Friday of the Month from 9:30 to 10:30 am. This is geared to 3-5 year olds accompanied by an adult and includes a small craft activity. This puppet time includes puppets, games, pre-reading activities, and music. There is a suggested donation of $1 per child doing craft for this activity. Under the direction of Joyce Dean
MUSIC TIME:Offered during the school year on the 4th Friday of the Month from 9:30 to 10:30 am. This is geared to 2-5 year olds accompanied by an adult and includes a small craft activity. This music time includes puppets, games, pre-reading activities, and music. There is a suggested donation of $1 per child doing the craft for this activity. Under the direction of Janet Johnston.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT is once a month. This is often the second Saturday of the month, but occasionally has had to be backed up to the third Saturday. We periodically offer a pre-Open Mic concert at 6 pm. Check the Open Mike Night page for details. Persons interested in performing may do so when the doors open at 7 pm. We have some great jazz piano and guitar regulars and all performers can have their performance burned on a CD. Audience only members are encouraged to donate $2 and performers are free. Light refreshments served.
Music in the City - monthly, the third Friday night October, November and January thru May The concerts have been a series of fantastic and inspiring talent See side bar link under events for more details.
SPONSORS AND DREAMS:
For 16 years our programs have been driven by volunteers- as programs grow we are looking for more volunteers- and at this point funding for a volunteer coordinator. We estimate 20-30 % of our clientele live on minimal incomes, qualifying for community services, but also enlightened and encouraged by arts programs that promote creativity and community involvement. We also currently have no fee for 4 of our teen programs now involving over 60 students. Your donation can make a big difference.
GIVE LOCAL INFORMATION:
When you donate to charitable organizations, if they give you a choice, we would like to recommend that you designate at least a portion of the funds to local entities. Many times funds will be sent to other locations perceived as having greater "need", even other states. Although we appear to be a great middle class community, we have some significant local needs here, too, with over 4000 people living below the poverty level, and a high percentage of other low income families. Your local support is needed and appreciated in helping to meet those needs. Our Fine Arts Center here in Brigham City , with all its summer camps and after-school scholarships and free teen programs can use your help, too.
We appreciate United Way of Northern Utah for hearing out our concerns and helping us out with a significant grant for after school teen activities starting February of 2016. They have helped usmake a greater difference for teens here locally already !! Huzzah!! ( Old English for thanks and hurray)
Please, please, please also see our full list of sponsors who all have helped make our programs possible. We especially thank other recent major sponsors- Boeing Employees Community Foundation Fund, Brigham City's Community Collaboration Initiative, The Marie Eccles Caine Foundation/Russell Family, Brigham City Kiwanis and Brigham City Rotary.
More about the Fine Arts Center:
PHILOSOPHY: Along with serving the community with arts activities, one of our underlying goals is to promote and develop art appreciation, respect for others, and leadership skills in students who participate. We also want to inspire them with an excitement for creativity and learning. We hope that every child and adult who passes through our doors comes away with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and a desire to learn more and serve others.
FUNDING: Thanks to some regular supporters and donors, we have done well over the past 17 years. We are your Art Center and welcome class ideas and suggestions as well as individuals and groups who would help sponsor additional programs and scholarships. We have kept class fees to a bare minimum and offered scholarships over the years and hope to be able to continue to do so. Anyone or group wanting to earmark their donations to one of the funding opportunities listed below is also warmly welcomed. ( All donors are listed on our website Home page, in any printed programs and on our annual designer donor poster. )
1. Puppetry/ literacy workshops in schools: This year we offered 8 puppet making workshops for first through fourth graders. The third grade puppet project was the largest of these. We thank the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation/ Russell family for the major portion of support to make this happen- matching school donations have dwindle with new school policies. We have been able to keep these going with volunteer help but you could make a difference for giving more students the opportunity. Supplies for school projects usually costs us $600 to $1000 per year. Would you consider a donation of $40 per classroom to help keep this project going ?
2. Community Art days: Spring break Art and Science Day, a summer puppet festival, Fall and Halloween specials, and a Christmas gift making day. Events for these days usually consist of a puppet show, games, storytelling, interactive science projects, few art/craft activities, and food fun. We have had 50 to 80 people for such events in the past. Our cost is about $250-$300 beyond what is collected as a token fee at the door. The cost includes promotional flyers , set up time, light refreshments, coordination of volunteers or youth staff, craft supplies,etc. Normally we have asked $2 per person , $5 per family, or donation of canned goods to share with the community pantry. More people come if the events are free or on a voluntary donation basis. We also have joined forces with other community non-profit entities to offer other art related activities- ie Night Out Against Crime in August and a kids art space for a community Fair in January or February.
3. Puppet shows: guest performers or in-house formal shows on Friday afternoons. $70 - $500 per show.
4. Environmental show: We have a formal 45 minute puppet show and activity promoting an anti-litter, "leave no trace" presentation ( with great reviews). It costs us a minimum of $150 to present this, but most schools and community programs can't afford more than $50. ( Donations of $50 to $100 a show would make it possible for us to share this more)
5. Youth Gift Making Day: (second weekend in December) $200 to help cover supplies and organizational planning/ publicity.
6. Scholarships: Additional donations help provide scholarships to students unable to afford class fees and are also appreciated.
Donations not earmarked for any of the items above, would be divided among all of our programs as needed.
We are a federally recognized 501C(3) nonprofit organization and welcome your tax deductible donations!
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We listed a lot of these above, but we can't thank enough all the people, organizations, foundations, and companies that have made our programs possible. We especially want to thank the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, Russell Family for their consistent help over the years. They have made so much of our community and school outreach youth programming possible and have given us the ability to offer scholarships for afterschool classes and summer camps so that no child has to feel left out.
We are grateful to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums who have been awesome to support several of our World of Puppetry museum upgrades as well as help us with overseeing a significant number of our community arts projects and classes. We also thank Box Elder County Commissioners and the Tourism Advisory Board and a fantastic group of dedicated instructors who put in more than 110% as they work to make this a great community and a great community program. Thank-you, too, to everyone who has helped donate supplies or volunteered their services. Every big or little bit helps!
If you want to really help, have a say in what kind of Art experiences we offer, and make a difference here in the community, please consider applying for a position on our Fine Arts Board. We meet the 2nd Monday evening of each month. Call the Fine Arts Center office for more information (435-723-0740) .
We are a grassroots 501 c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and providing fine arts opportunities for youth and families in the community.