Walton Arts Center celebrates the past with a 12 Days of Giving

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Walton Arts Center celebrates the past with a 12 Days of Giving
 
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (December 3, 2012) -- Walton Arts Center is celebrating 20 years of providing positive arts experiences by launching a 12 Days of Giving campaign to raise money for the arts and arts education. For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org/12daysofgiving.aspx.
 
As a non-profit performing arts organization, nearly half of Walton Arts Center’s annual budget relies on the contributions of Friends, corporations and foundations. This year, Walton Arts Center is asking the community to help make another 20 years of exceptional cultural experiences possible by giving a charitable contribution during the 12 Days of Giving Campaign. All new or increased contributions received between December 3 and December 14 will be eligible for a drawing to win two tickets to the opening night of Catch Me If You Can on January 8, 2013.
 
A special component of the 12 Days of Giving Campaign is the daily release of short video clips on Walton Arts Center’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. These clips highlight the importance of the arts in the lives of 12 community members who tell a personal story of what the Walton Arts Center means to them.
 
Then and Now
Since opening Walton Arts Center’s doors in 1992, over 2 million people have seen a Broadway musicals, theater, dance or musical acts of all genres. Last year, 40,000 students and teachers experienced the arts through one of the many arts education programs like Digging Up Arkansas, which uses theater to teach Arkansas history to students all over the state. As Walton Arts Center celebrates 20 years, planning is underway for an exciting future that includes an expansion in both Fayetteville and Bentonville. Recently, concepts for a $20M expansion and renovation to the Fayetteville campus were unveiled. For more information about the expansion, visit www.waltonartscenter.org/futureplans.aspx.
 
Friends of Walton Arts Center gifts help make the arts available to all members of the community by supporting programs such as Take a Seat, which gives thousands of tickets annually to local non-profits and social service agencies, and the Arts with Education (AWE) Institute, which trains more than 500 area teachers on how to use the arts to enhance their curriculum. Additionally, the contributions raised from the 12 Days of Giving Campaign will support Walton Arts Center arts education and outreach programs giving students an opportunity to see live, professional productions.
 
Walton Arts Center is Arkansas' premier center for the performing arts and entertainment. Each year more than 140,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend over 350 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, graduations and more. Approximately 20,000 students and teachers from 30 school districts participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and over 300 volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 50% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.
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