The arts at Stephens Auditorium have inspired a record number of donors this year. With the final tally of the 2011-2012 Performing Arts Fund Campaign complete, the fund has reached a new benchmark. This support from the community shows they strongly endorse the program and that they want to keep the arts vital for ISU, Ames and central Iowa.
Over $138,836 was donated to the Performing Arts Series this year. Stephens Auditorium attracted 81 new donors out of the 565 total individuals, families, businesses and foundations who support the Performing Arts Series. Over 81% of donors who gave previously chose to renew their gifts to the arts. The Performing Arts Series offers an eclectic array of professional touring artists in the genres of Broadway musicals, classical and pop music, dance, theater and family entertainment for audiences of all ages.
Mark North, Iowa State Center General Manager, noted that he speaks for everyone involved with the Performing Arts Series in expressing special thanks to all Performing Arts Fund donors.
“These loyal supporters help us underwrite rising talent fees and affordable tickets, keeping the arts accessible to everyone. For example, tickets for youth are significantly discounted for all performances ─ even for blockbuster shows like last October‘s Beauty and the Beast, and we are so grateful,” he noted.
“Annual gifts make it possible to present high-quality performances suited to a great hall like Stephens Auditorium (Iowa’s 2004 Building of the Century Honoree). Donations also support the engaging outreach programs before and after the shows that introduce youth and families to the performing arts and enhance arts learning for all ages,” North continued.
“Our results were due in large part to the efforts of the volunteer Co-Chairs for the prior year, Liz Beck of Ames and Jay and Karen Heldt-Chapman of Urbandale,” he continued. “Everyone who enjoys the performing arts at Stephens is grateful for the critical role they played in our success.”
The 2012-13 Cochairs will be announced shortly.