“It was probably the most valuable experience of my youth.”
Alison Filippini, GSA Drama Student, 1990
Students impacted by GSA keep that learning experience with them as they become adults. The quote above is a perfect example: Alison was a GSA Drama student over 20 years ago! But it’s more than just an arts
experience. Through the program, students live within a “community” of like-minded peers for the first time. They learn how to give back, and how to share their newfound knowledge and skills with others. They gain college scholarship opportunities that can forever change their lives.
According to Americans for the Arts, students involved with the arts are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
Creative Ways to Give
Raising support for the arts should be fun! While direct monetary and in-kind contributions to GSA are greatly appreciated, many friends of GSA have raised significant amounts of support for the program by doing what they do best – getting creative!
GSA supporters have held everything from yard sales to recitals to maintain and increase GSA’s ability to impact the lives of people across Kentucky. What’s your idea? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In the fall of 2010, a group of Lexington-based GSA alumni came together with an amazing idea. After contacting GSA alumni, faculty and guest artists far and wide, they organized an evening of GSA-generated performances and exhibitions entitled “A Night for the Arts: GSA Showcase.” All nine of GSA’s disciplines were represented during a two-hour program at Lexington Catholic High School with visual art, new media and architecture alumni setting up their work in the theatre lobby. The alumni divvied up the needs for stage management, finding a venue, marketing the event and everything in between. After requesting a nominal donation for each person attending the event, this one group of GSA alumni raised $1,555! The boards of The Kentucky Center agreed to match this stunning show of support, raising the total impact of this one evening to more than $3,000 – more than the cost to support one student at that time in GSA’s summer program. Since then, many showcases all over the state have raised thousands of dollars for GSA.
Interested in bringing together a group artists to support GSA? Let us know at email@example.com – we’ll provide tools to help you get started, spread the word and anything else we can do to contribute to your event’s success! This can take the form of a small impromptu poetry reading at a local coffee shop or a fully produced and staged showcase of talents.
The best part is- you choose your own showcase adventure! We now have a simple guide to help you along with your alumni gathering. Use this Showcase Toolkit as a guide for forming your own unique GSA benefit. And of course, if you have any questions, please give us a call at (502)566-5192.
Check out these GSA supporters who are developing ways to create art to support GSA!
- Lathan Vargason (Visual Art, 2011) donated proceeds from sales made from his work included in The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center’s exhibition “Bits and Pieces” to GSA.
- Nathaniel Mo (Instrumental Music, 2011) held a piano recital in his hometown of Bowling Green. Instead of charging admission for the recital, Nathaniel asked for donations to GSA.
- GSA Advisory Council Member Kim Wilson held a yard sale, with proceeds made at the sale going to GSA.
The possibilities are endless! What will you think up?!