Arkansas Repertory Theatre has amazing donors. Wow! And thank you! The last few years, and the last few months, have been inspiring. Arkansas has always been a generous state, and the state of the arts in our community is really starting to shine.
Need proof? Here are just a few recent examples.
Beginning in 2008 and finishing in early 2011, The Rep completed a $6 million capital campaign, successfully, during the worst economic downturn in recent history. Step through our front doors on Main Street to see the impact of these gifts. Every public space in the theatre was updated. Critical upgrades were made behind the scenes. A new scenic shop was purchased downtown. The Rep’s two apartment buildings were renovated, for housing guest artists. A much needed face lift for The Rep.
During the 2012-2013 season, as we embarked on a new strategic plan, major donors began to step forward with us. New gifts were committed. Existing annual gifts were increased. We began to make progress toward a more stable fiscal reality. Amazing support from incredible arts patrons.
Then at the end of May we had a challenge. A $50,000 matching gift would help us finish the fiscal year strong on June 30, 2013. We asked our audience to help us get there, and wow, did you ever! We raised over $63,000 during the month of June. Giving came from many, including almost 100 brand new donors to The Rep. We have great fans!
The summer wasn’t over yet. With growing excitement for an expanded arts corridor on Main Street, we had set a goal of raising $400,000 by August 15, in order to expand educational programming with a new young artist training facility across the street.
A longtime dream, this vision became possible with the help of 145 donors in July and August. A fast and furious campaign was supported by longtime Rep patrons, and by many of our young artist families already being impacted at The Rep. Now we are thrilled that we’ll be able to reach more young artists. Planning is underway.
Thanks to our donors, The Rep is well positioned for the future. Exciting changes are underway. A new membership program launched in the 2013-2014 season, with expanded donor benefits at every level. We want you to know how much we appreciate you, our donors.
Philanthropy is a vital part of Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Ticket sales make up half of our annual budget, and your charitable gifts make up the rest. I have full confidence in The Rep’s future, as support from you, our amazing donors, continues to grow.
With your help, we will continue to fulfill our mission, and continue to produce vibrant artistic and educational programming for Arkansas.