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Lancaster County Council of the Arts is kicking off its annual Membership Drive with the launch of the Young Patrons Circle with the goal of attracting younger patrons of the arts.
The arts council is offering a special membership for individuals ages 21 to 40. A launch event, Eat, Drink and Play, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., home of the arts council.
The Young Patrons Circle represents a new giving level aimed at attracting young couples, singles and business leaders.
“This is something new for us,” said arts council director Sam Courtney. “They are our future leaders of Lancaster and the future of the arts council and they need to be involved in all the opportunities the arts have to offer.”
For $40 a year, members of the Young Patrons Circle can support the annual operations of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and provide important arts programming for the residents of Lancaster County, said LCCA board member Monica Harris.
They will also have many opportunities throughout the year to meet new people and socialize with their peers, Harris said.
There are also many benefits of becoming a member of the Young Patrons Circle.
Members will receive discounts to select events including the annual gala, the council’s biggest fundraiser; reduced pricing for the Arts and Sciences Camp for children; discounts for the Springs House building rental; preferred seating at select events; invitations to all events and an annual Young Patrons Circle event and a quarterly newsletter.
The LCCA provides important arts education and programming, Harris said, including:
u Art therapy at Southside Early Childhood Center, where 98 percent of students come from low-income homes. The program offers the only exposure to art at this school, and for many children, their first encounter with art media before kindergarten.
u Artists in Residence in local schools allowing artists to spend one week working with students
u Arts and Sciences Camp offering courses in sculpting, painting, drawing, drama, jewelry making, dance and other learning opportunities for children ages 5-12
u Youth Art Month, featuring the Main Street Banner Project now on display in downtown Lancaster
u The annual Marian Hagins Art Contest
u Art classes for all ages
u Various performances throughout the year including the Nutcracker, Charlotte Symphony, Vivian Major Robinson Concert and Friends Concerts.
“Being involved in the arts in your community is beneficial because you can network, you can meet people who are interested in the same things you are and you can learn about art,” said Christina Chastain, programs coordinator and gallery director for the arts council. “But the main focus is to support your community, your local artists and art events.
“When you’re part of something, you take pride in it.”
Anyone interested in joining the Young Patrons Circle or attending the event may call the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 285-7451.
Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at 283-115