As a New Haven based business we strive to engage with and support our neighbors and local charities. Business relationships are what keep locally owned entities growing and thriving even in a struggling economy, and it's our personal responsibility to share this sentiment with all of our readers and friends! Just a few days ago, we received an e-mail from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. We are all aware, whether we live in Connecticut or not, that the arts are always the first to feel the "hunger pangs" that quickly follow budget cuts. So, it was great to hear that there is hope when it comes to funding the arts! It just so happens that a loyal supporter of the Arts Council has stepped forward and proposed a challenge to those in the area. This anonymous donor has pledged to match 1:1 every new or increased donation up to $10,000 between now and the end of the fiscal year on June 30. So, now it comes down to us: the supporters, the businesses, and those who know that the arts are what keep our Greater New Haven area alive with beauty and culture.
Why support the arts? Here are just a few great reasons:
- Art helps to stimulate and develop the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills. All of our children and young adults can benefit from these positive outlets!
- Young children need art, too! Since preschools are not part of the public school system, funding sources vary greatly. When budgets are tight, arts programs, teachers, and supplies are often cut first and early childhood educational institutions are often left out.
- Joining the Arts Council here in New Haven offers a host of benefits for families and individuals like discounts and subscriptions to great publications.
We want to be part of something bigger, something creative, and something beautiful. We want to encourage you all to help the Arts Council of Greater New Haven stay afloat for all of us who need some inspiration.
Source: Americans for the Arts, 2002