“The arts just don’t happen. The arts are sustained by ongoing nourishment,” says a release from AmadorArts.

The Amador County nonprofit has announced it needs donations to raise $29,000 by June 30.

“AmadorArts is extremely grateful to all those many people who have already become donor members,” the release said. “This drive is to reach new donors and remind existing ones that this process is never-ending, especially if the agency is to be sustained for another 37 years.”

AmadorArts is designated by the Amador County Board of Supervisors each year to be the local partner with the California Arts Council’s State-Local Partnership Program. Incorporated in 1981 as a nonprofit agency, AmadorArts provides the county with a “variety of cultural and educational programs that enhance local arts and the creative economy. AmadorArts has seen multigenerational successes by serving the community and schools with all kinds of arts curricula and programs for over 37 years. Despite the triumphs, AmadorArts must continue to raise funds in order to support these valuable community and school programs.”

AmadorArts officials say donations help the organization:

• Present free concerts on Friday nights throughout the summer.

• Provide arts curricula free to all kindergarten through sixth-grade students and some junior high students in the county, taught by professional artists.

• Provide art classes to Arc of Amador and Calaveras Counties participants and Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp inmates.

• Provide scholarships and supportive grants to students and community organizations throughout the county.

• Present A Taste of the Arts, a miniature one-day arts institute.

• Broadcast the “Arts Around Amador” weekly radio program.

• Present unique and engaging exhibitions that celebrate the youths and other treasures of Amador County.

• Bestow the honor of poet laureate on a locally recognized poet.

• Introduce the world’s poetry to high school students as they learn public speaking skills in Poetry Out Loud.

• Plan for a major community arts center.

• Advocate for arts in schools through the Amador Alliance for Arts Education.

• Maintain an office and arts center with staff to administer all programs and to be a creative “drop-in studio,” meeting space and distribution point for information about cultural happenings, and act as a “help desk” for all kinds of arts inquiries.

• Serve as the local partner with the California Arts Council to advance California through arts and creativity.

• Develop special initiatives and events to serve Amador County’s residents and bring people together to build community.

Agency officials hope the community comes through, because programs could be reduced if the $29,000 is not raised.

“Together, your support to AmadorArts will directly impact the lives of all ages and demographics of in Amador,” said the release.

The nonprofit said $6 covers the cost of one elementary school student in a visual arts class; $60 pays for an artist to teach an hourlong class; $100 pays for a musician to play at an event; and $1,000 can provide a scholarship.

Contributions can be made at amadorarts.org (click the “Donation” button), or mail checks to AmadorArts, P.O. Box 206, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Call 256-8166 for more.

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