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Timmons Arts Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign on #GivingTuesday

 

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News Release:
November 20, 2014

Timmons Arts Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign on #GivingTuesday

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. 2, to establish and year-long after school arts program for local at-risk youth.

“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 the foundation website, www.timmonsartsfoundation.org, where a “Donate” link allows them to contribute the new program. 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. 2, at Sweetgrass Jazz Cafe, 801 W. Markham, 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 want to give children the opportunity to continue their arts education year-round.” said Timmons. “We believe empowering our children is the most meaningful gift we can provide them, and that is our mission.”

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. This year, 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.

“Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors and the efforts of many volunteers, this year’s camp was a phenomenal success,” said Timmons. “We want to continue that success and extend it throughout the entire year.”