Membership....cornerstone of our success

The NCLAC office is gearing up for an exciting 2013, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support. As a regional arts council, with many people to serve, a strong membership base makes what we do possible. In my 2 years with NCLAC, I’ve become incredibly connected with the work we do. I believe in the connections we forge, and the communities we serve. A membership with our organization helps us serve our five parish region by fostering arts opportunities throughout the year. At various times throughout the year we hold fundraisers and fund drives for specific programming, and those donations are invaluable.

Summer Arts Camp student

Scholarships for students to attend Summer Arts Camp, for example, are directly provided by Pick Your Picasso donations. However, membership provides a strong base of support that we need to plan our year of programming.

My Vision My Voice, a photojournalism workshop, in Bienville Parish

I realize sometimes it's hard to keep tabs on when memberships expire.  One easy way to do this is to renew your memberships at the beginning of each year. So in January, when you're feeling fresh and hopeful about the new year, go ahead and renew with your organizations. It makes "sending the check" easy to remember, and it gives nonprofits a good start for the new year as well.

There are benefits to a NCLAC membership as well, in addition to the intrinsic reward. All members receive our quarterly newsletter, discounted tuition for Arts Academy Classes and Summer Arts Camp, as well as an invitation to our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party.  Artist members receive assistance with exhibition promotion and grants. Guardian members receive an invitation to the Holiday Arts Tour Artist Party. Benefactor members receive 2 VIP tickets to Artoberfest. These and other membership benefits are listed on the membership page of our blog.

Art education, exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops...all of these begin in our office and are spread throughout Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union. With a Board of Directors who come from each parish, NCLAC makes steps every year to better serve the needs of our region. NCLAC is a busy place, doing a lot with a little. With Student memberships of $15, to Angel memberships of $1000, each member is a valued part of our organization.

Will you please take a moment to renew your membership? Or perhaps you've never been a member? We'd love for you to join us! Feel free to stop by our office to fill out the official membership form, or you can mail a check to PO Box 911, Ruston, LA 71273. We also have a Paypal donation button to the right of your screen for your convenience.

If you have any questions, or would like to get more involved with any of our programs, feel free to call our office at (318) 255-1450. We have committees and other volunteer opportunities that may be just what you’re looking for.

Thank you for your  support of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

Danny Lee and Dave (and Dave) perform for Holiday Arts Tour

Annual Meeting and Holiday Party mingling