Arts needs support of ‘village’ [UPDATED]Published 9:30am Thursday, July 18, 2013 Updated 11:42am Thursday, July 18, 2013
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I would add that it takes a village to keep a theater up and running.
A Center for the Arts benefits time and time again from the incredible generosity of our community. We are dependent on the hundreds of people who volunteer their time and talent to help us do everything from selling tickets and concessions to installing theater seats and renovating rehearsal spaces.
I know we are not the only arts organization in town that utilizes volunteers, either.
Everyone from the Kaddatz Galleries to the Otter Tail County Historical Society depends on loyal volunteers to help their organization.
While we are in the midst of our theater renovation and still finishing our new space in the Bakken Building, I can’t help but be astounded by the amount of help we have received from so many people this past year and beyond.
Last week, we had an open house and building dedication for our new space at 115 W. Lincoln Ave.
While there is still work to do, all that has been accomplished thus far was made possible by over 50 individuals who donated over 900 hours of work. We are more than grateful for all of that help.
In the theater itself, we have received help from groups of friends, couples, families, adults, kids, and everyone in between with taking out and re-installing theater seats, cleaning, painting, and so much more.
The daunting task of this theater renovation project has been much more manageable thanks to all of these helping hands. It’s always fun to see fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and whole families pitching in and volunteering together.
It seems like a very positive way to spend quality time together — helping a local organization, working towards a common goal, and truly making a difference.
Our need and use of volunteers is constant here at the Center. Everyday that our box office is open, it’s staffed by volunteers. Every production that we do involves numerous volunteers before, during, and after the event to make it a success. We couldn’t survive without all of this help.
Another way we use volunteers is in our community theater productions. Our Razzle Dazzle Revue, summer musical, Children’s Theater, and other productions we produce locally are all performed by people who are volunteering their time. In many cases, it’s quite a bit of time.
The children who starred in “The Jungle Book,” came to A Center for the Arts four days a week for three hours each day for an entire month. The cast of our summer musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” have been here five nights a week for a few hours each night for the past few weeks.
All of this community involvement is what makes A Center for the Arts such a great place and what makes Fergus Falls a wonderful community to be a part of. We hope to continue fostering community in any way we can.
Remember, buying tickets and attending productions is an essential part of all of this as well.
We hope to see you at the theater for our Summer Musical, supporting all of your fellow community members who are starring in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Get your tickets today.
Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.