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Timmons Arts Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign on #GivingTuesday

Timmons Arts Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign on #GivingTuesday

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LITTLE ROCK – The Timmons Arts Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to promoting awareness of and exposure to the arts through education, has joined the national #GivingTuesday movement and will launch a fundraising campaign on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to purchase new instruments for Cultivating the Arts Youth Summer Camp.

“The #GivingTuesday movement is all about encouraging people, in this time of giving thanks and holiday spending, to consider how they can improve their communities, support local causes and, ultimately, help make a better world,” said Theresa Timmons, founder and administrator of the Timmons Arts Foundation.

Supporters of the arts are encouraged to visit www.donatetimmonsarts.org, to contribute. They are also encouraged to make a sign stating what the arts mean to them and post it to social media with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #TimmonsArtsFoundation.

The public is invited to a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Juanitas, 614 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, for light hors d’oeuvres, drinks and musical entertainment. The reception will also provide an opportunity to donate in person, though there is no admission charge.

“We believe empowering our children is the most meaningful gift we can provide them, and that is our mission.” Said Timmons. The school districts have been very supportive in loaning the foundation instruments in the past, but it’s imperative, with the growth of the camp, that the foundation acquires its own instruments.

Established in 2012, #GivingTuesday (www.givingtuesday.org) aims to harness the power of social media on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, bringing together charities, families, businesses and individuals, to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, a contrast to the way Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with shopping.

The Timmons Arts Foundation was formed in 2011 to support local arts education. It has provided need-based scholarships for local arts programs, including funding the purchase musical instruments and purchasing art supplies for local schools. In 2014, the organization launched its most ambitious effort, a month-long summer camp that provided daily instruction in various media – visual art, dance, instrumental performance, vocal performance and fashion design – for 65 at-risk students age 7 to 14 from across central Arkansas at no cost to them. In 2015, enrollment increased to 83 at risk students.

“Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors and the efforts of many volunteers, Cultivating the Arts Youth Summer Camp was a phenomenal success,” said Timmons. “We want to continue that success and provide all of our children the opportunity to express themselves through art!