State of the Arts in Arkansas Starting to Shine

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.

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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!

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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.

We would like to give a huge Thank YOU to Matt DeLuca and the Bank of American Foundation for their support of our student matinee programs! Their $5000 donation will help to support The Rep’s student matinee program.
We would like to give a huge Thank YOU to Matt DeLuca and the Bank of American Foundation for their support of our student matinee programs!  Their $5000 donation will help to support The Rep's student matinee program.

 

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.

Adoption Spotlight: Warm Hearts Humane Society of Montgomery County

The Warm Hearts Humane Society was founded in 1986 by Earlene “Tots” Summit, a local resident who saw and stepped up to the need for an organization dedicated to helping the animals in Montgomery County, Arkansas. She established Warm Hearts as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

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We are a multi-breed rescue organization of about 15 volunteers.  We average about 30 to 50 animals in our foster program at any point in time. We are a shelter-less organization; volunteers foster animals in their homes. We have no paid employees.

We are dedicated to ending the homeless pet problem in our county.  In 2012, we worked toward that end by spaying and neutering 142 companion animals for families in our county who could not afford this service. We fostered and re-homed 105 animals who had been abandoned.

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Warm Hearts is also committed to working with our community in other ways.  We provided pet oxygen masks to 6 volunteer fire departments in our county.

We also collected baby blankets and diapers for patrons of two of our local food pantries.

One of our most successful programs has been to provide spay/neuter vouchers to patrons of the food pantry.  The cost of a spay/neuter is simply beyond their budget.  By teaming up with the food pantry, we have significantly reduced the number of unwanted litters in our county.

Take a look at our video.  It tells you more about our Warm Hearts Humane Society.

You can also find Warm Hearts Humane Society on Facebook, so click this link and check us out there (and “like” us if you wish).

Adoption Spotlight: Out of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas

HuckleberryOut of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas was founded in 2007 to establish a different kind of rescue. Primarily, we “Help People Who Help Animals”.  Our mission is to help those people who find and take in stray, abandoned and homeless animals. We assist these rescuers in a supportive way, often paying for the vetting, which always includes spay or neuter, and when needed, providing food and medications. We list the dogs and cats on multiple websites and provide opportunities for them to be shown at adoption events, until the foster pet is adopted into a loving, forever home. We have placed over 1800 animals since our inception, a number we are extremely proud of and have assisted many more.

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Out of the Woods is 100% volunteer based, a 501 c-3 nonprofit and every animal we take into our program is cared for in a loving foster home until a permanent home is found.  Every cent donated to Out of the Woods goes directly to our animals as we have no shelter and no paid employees.  We have over 100 animals in our program at any time, and have an active outreach program.

OOTW Volunteers have assisted in several hoarding situations, and are presently working a hoarding situation with over 69 cats and kittens and a woman in Perry County who has over 60 dogs. Our volunteers have worked in less-than-ideal situations wherein fearful animals had to be trapped to be rescued. We work with pet owners to make their pet’s life better, by supplying housing for the animal, trolley lines, fencing, etc.

HuckOur group also works with rescue groups in the northeastern part of the United States, sending them many rescued dogs and puppies from our area as the homeless population in the northeast is not nearly as great as it is here in Arkansas.  The animals we send to this area are already adopted and the new family is waiting on the transport to arrive to pick up their new pet!  It is a very rewarding part of our program.

OOTW also has a SNiP Program which assists low-income families with spay or neuter expenses to further slow the overpopulation problem in the state of Arkansas.  Family pets can be sterilized at a reduced cost or at times, no cost.

There are many opportunities for people to get involved with OOTW to support our efforts. If you would like to volunteer, foster, adopt or donate, please visit our website at http://www.ootwrescue.org/

Kathy Woods, President & Founder, Out Of The Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas

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Arkansas Rep Partners With Local Animal Rescue Organizations This Holiday Season

Dear Friends,

The love of a pet is like no other. Pets give us many wonderful things, and ask nothing in return but a scratch between the ears and a soft spot to sleep in a place they can call home. But thousands of animals in shelters across Central Arkansas only dream of having a home.

So we’re doing something different this December at Arkansas Rep. We’re raising awareness of animal adoption in association with our production of a new musical based on the award-winning novel Because of Winn Dixie, a heartwarming story of a young girl who adopts a dog she finds at a local supermarket.

10952510353_10f75b0212Starring an Irish Wolfhound named Taran, trained by Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni (Legally Blonde, Annie), and Rep Young Artist Julia Landfair (Les Misérables, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) in leading roles, Because of Winn Dixie also features music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin.

While we are hard at work creating the world of Winn Dixie on our stage, we are also working with local animal shelters to feature adoptable animals in our lobby and local rescue organizations on our website throughout December. Please help us celebrate this special holiday production and raise awareness of animal adoption in Central Arkansas by making a donation to The Rep in honor of a special pet in your life. The first gift will come from me, in honor of my redbone coonhound, Rocky.

For every gift of $75 and above we receive before December 31, we’ll create an ornament with your pet’s name and display it in the lobby. Or make a gift to The Rep and we’ll recognize a pet from one of our local shelters and display their adoption information in our lobby.

Your tax-deductible gift makes all the difference in the world. Ticket sales cover only half of what it costs to produce the work you see on our stage and to create the community partnerships and educational opportunities that reach thousands of Arkansans each year. The rest must come from good friends like you.

From every rescue dog curled up in a loving home, and from all of us here at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, thank you for making what we do possible.

Warm and furry regards in this holiday season,

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Robert Hupp, Producing Artistic Director

P.S. As much as we all love our pets, your donation to The Rep may also be in honor or memory of a human friend or loved one. Make a gift today and we’ll send your recipient a holiday card acknowledging your contribution.

You can donate online at www.therep.org/support/donate.

View adoptable animals in your area!

 

Members Event – Wednesday, October 16th

RED Hot Flights with Donnie Ferneau

Wednesday, October 16 @ 6:00 pm at Cellar 220 long red wine

Members are invited to learn more about RED, Mark Rothko, and red wine before the opening of The Rep’s production. Join us at the new Cellar 220 restaurant for a fun evening with Chef Donnie Ferneau, Sommelier Jeff Yant, and Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp. Explore flights of red wine paired with small plates designed by Chef Donnie Ferneau. Hear Director’s notes from Bob Hupp to get the inside story before you see RED!

Cellar 220, 220 West 6th Street, Little Rock

$35.00 per person, limited seating, RSVP to Membership

Learn more about RED at The Rep