To the dozens of members, friends, and supporters
who donated to Arts Advocates through the
Giving Challenge…
…especially President Donna Maytham
and Past President Joan Endrizzi,
who contributed $500 each as additional donations!

$13,720 was raised!

This will help fund our Philanthropy, Programs, and Operating Expenses going forward, including:
Moving our Collection
Community Outreach and Education
Designing and Creating fabulous Monthly Programs, Activities, and Workshops for members.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated!
Coming Up
Introducing Scholarship Recipients later in May
Information on upcoming activities
News about the Collection

We look forward to seeing you in person soon!
In the meantime,
Please look for email updates!

Arts Advocates continues to move forward!

Be the One and Make the
“Matching Magic” Happen!

Why Give Early?

Earn an extra $500 award! The Patterson Foundation is awarding Fifty $500 grants to the first 50 nonprofit organizations that have 50 donors give online at noon, TODAY.  Please click here to donate:
Even MORE exciting – If we get 50 people in the first few minutes of the Challenge and qualify for that award – both Past President Joan Endrizzi and current President Donna Maytham will donate an ADDITIONAL $500 each, a total of $1000!

One Credit Card Per Person, Please—
If you and your spouse or friend choose to both donate, please use two DIFFERENT
credit cards.  Only 1 card will be recognized as a unique donation -- two cards ensure your contributions are counted as two unique donors – and matched!  

And -- Thanks to very recent new legislation -- you are eligible for a tax deduction, even if you don’t itemize!*

Questions?  Please call/text/email Tonya Eubank, Vice President, at  941.525.3217 or

What will Arts Advocates (ASA) do with the funds?
Especially in this difficult time, your generosity is essential for ASA! 
As you know, during the year we earn and receive grant monies to support our programming and philanthropy.  This year, we are continuing to seek a new home for our Art Collection, and to sustain the Speaking of the Arts... community outreach series.
Through scholarships, we plan to maintain our philanthropic support of talented young people pursuing higher education in a myriad of art mediums.  In addition, these funds will help to provide necessary funding for the operating budget.
Remind Me -- What is the Giving Challenge?
The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour online giving event where donations made to participating nonprofits will be matched by the Patterson Foundation, from $25 to $100 per donor, per organization.  Your impact is increased through these matching funds!
Our Goal is 100% Member Participation!  We currently have 224 members.  If each donated $25, the resulting $5600 would be matched by the Patterson Foundation for a total of $11,200.

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and generous support of Arts Advocates!
Donna Maytham
*Did you know that a new Charitable Giving Tax Deduction in the Covid-19 Relief Legislation increases the charitable contribution deduction that a taxpayer is entitled to claim for cash contributions made to most public charities during the 2020 calendar year?  For further information, consult or your financial advisor,

Help Us Win More Funds – Be the One!
Please RSVP

If Arts Advocates is one of the first to have just FIFTY donations at 12 noon on Tuesday April 28, we can qualify for an additional $500 grant from the Patterson Foundation. 

And if we get 50 people in the first few minutes of the Challenge and qualify for that award both Past President Joan Endrizzi and current President Donna Maytham will donate an ADDITIONAL $500 each, a total of $1000!

BE one of the “ Fast Fifty*  Will you commit to giving early to help us qualify for these additional funds?  If you agree to donate at noon on April 28, please let Tonya Eubank know at:

Those dollars make a difference! Thinking beyond this time, what’s more important than preparing the next generation?  Through scholarships, grants, and outreach, Arts Advocates is supporting this challenge. We’ve provided more than $1 million to date for these important programs.
This spring, we will introduce the 10 students who will receive Arts Advocates scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.  Their talents cover the arts spectrum including performing, fine and digital arts. We will truly miss not being able to celebrate these outstanding scholars in person, but look forward to recognizing them virtually and personally meeting them in the future. 
Yes, those dollars do make a difference!  Click here for inspiring articles about past recipients, researched and beautifully written by member Elizabeth Rose for our “Where Are They Now” series:
Donate twice? If you and your spouse are choosing to donate, please use two DIFFERENT credit cards.  This ensures your contributions are counted as two unique donors.  Donations $25-100 qualify.
On April 28, you may just click here and donate: 
What better time than now, in the midst of dark theatres, closed schools, and cancelled events, to acknowledge and support what the arts mean to us personally, as a community, and a society! 
Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for Arts Advocates and all we do! 

Connect!  Be the One for Arts Advocates

On November 13, 2019, Arts Advocates launched “Speaking of the Arts…”  Gayle Williams, Music Critic for the Herald Tribune, called the series “a Town Hall for the arts.”  Our first guest, Baltimore Symphony Conductor Marin Alsop, spoke about her “Adventures On and Off the Podium.” 

For our second event this past February, we had the opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between Tony Award winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens and Celine Rosenthal, Asolo Rep’s Associate Artistic Director. 

They shared their secrets for developing the lyrics and music for a brand-new musical, Knoxville, which was to make its World Premiere last month at Asolo Rep. It has been rescheduled for May 21 – June 5, 2021, with previews beginning May 14, 2021. 

Tune in to the fun!  Click here to watch the full program:  ENJOY!

Through the generosity of The Patterson Foundation's generous doubling of donations, we are actively raising funds not only for great community programming like this, but our proposed moving of the Collection, ongoing philanthropy and operating expenses.  If you are not familiar with the Giving Challenge initiative of The Patterson Foundation, please click here: 

Please join us in the Giving Challenge by clicking on the PARTICIPATE  button at the top of this page, April 28-29, noon to noon.

If time permitted, students from Booker High School would still be asking questions of Lynn Ahrens!

4/17/20 Update

Help Arts Advocates Move - Be The One!

Not just move forward – as we have been for the last 50+ years.  No, REALLY move!

In addition to raising funds for operating expenses, we are actively pursuing an opportunity to find a permanent exhibit space for our Collection that will also give us education and meeting space for art-related activities.  

If you’re unfamiliar with the Collection, which currently hangs in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, you can view the pieces in the “collection” section of this website.  Please also enjoy this video, created in conjunction with WEDU PBS in 2019, for their “Arts Plus” series.  It is one of four episodes chosen to be shown across the country. 

The Giving Challenge is April 28-29, noon to noon.  Every tax-deductible dollar ($25--$100) from a unique donor is FULLY MATCHED by The Patterson Foundation!  To learn more about The Giving Challenge and The Patterson Foundation, click here:  The Patterson Foundation-The Giving Challenge

We have a growing membership—now 235—and our goal is 100% membership participation!

The math is powerful—if everyone donated the minimum of $25, we’d raise $5,875, doubled to $11,750.  If everyone donated $100, we would raise $23,500, doubled to 47,000.  WOW!  Those are the numbers before our other friends and family members contribute, helpfully increasing our unique donor count.   We hope you will contribute.

This is a difficult time for everyone.  We’re concerned for our loved ones, and those in our local community.  You may wonder why The Giving Challenge is going forward with the life-changing events around us.  Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, shares her thoughts:  Debra Jacobs Blog Post

Please join us in The Giving Challenge by clicking on the PARTICIPATE  button at the top of this page on April 28-29, noon to noon.

4/10/20 Update

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