“Good grief! Why not?” Donate to OC Arts Council

“Good grief! Why not?” Chances are that Charlie Brown would support the Orange City Arts Council, and might possibly try to convince his dancing friends to do the same. The SchoolHouse Company’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was one of the Orange City Arts Council’s summer shows, part of the Onstage Orange City series. Now the Orange City Arts Council is conducting its annual membership drive.

The Orange City Arts Council began its 2014-2015 membership campaign in late July, and is continuing until October 31.

The Arts Council sponsors Onstage Orange City, Missoula Children’s Theatre and classes in the summer, and now the Beyond Onstage series of music, theatre and dance shows from October through April, beginning with a world class Brazilian group. A classical guitarist will perform in October, an art exhibit is planned for November, and classes for students and adults are in the works.

“It’s hard to keep up with everything!” said Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts Council director. The 13-member board is full of ideas, she said, especially related to visual arts and local artists. “The arts teach creativity and problem-solving, they educate us about others and the world, they enhance our quality of life, they bring visitors to town. As the Arts Council’s programming grows, we need more time and funds, so donations are essential.”

Each year, the Arts Council receives approximately 40 to 50 percent of its budget from community donors.

New members who donate $30 or more may choose a gift: a Bella Ruse CD or a sturdy colorful tote bag. Those who contribute $100 or more receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus gift cards providing discounts on original art by several local artists.

More more information, see orangecityarts.net. Donate online, or write a check to Orange City Arts Council and bring to the city hall or mail to PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.