Floyd Center for the Arts

A nonprofit organization

$38,442 Raised by 116 Donors

96% complete

$40,000 Goal

Are You Up to the CHALLENGE?!

We Have Received a $20,000 CHALLENGE MATCH that Will Double Your Investment in the Arts When You GIVE TODAY!


Floyd Center for the Arts needs Your Support…

The Covid-19 pandemic dramatically impacted our lives, our economy and our Arts. Funding for the arts and arts education is still woefully inadequate and this includes us. Yet, we all need the arts in our lives.  The Center’s Board of Directors all know how important art is in our everyday lives, so much so, in fact, that they just announced that they have collectively raised a $20,000 challenge match for this year’s Give Local NRV campaign! This means, for every gift we receive, it will be matched dollar for dollar for up to $20,000, doubling the impact of each donation.  Your gift, whether it is $1,000 or $10, will go twice as far to support the arts in our community!  And there’s more — not only do all of those matched $10, $25 and $1,000 gifts add up twice as fast, if we receive the greatest number of campaign participants, we will receive an additional $1,000, making your matched gift worth even more! 

In March 2020 the pandemic forced the Center to shut down for what we hoped would be a few weeks. As weeks turned into months, it became clear that all spring and summer programming for 2020 was going to be cancelled and any fall and winter programming would need to look drastically different than originally planned. This included cancelling our annual Artisan Trail studio tour, House and Garden tour, many exhibits, and more. Fortunately, with the help of a Government pandemic loan, we were able to stay open, allowing us to: 

  • Provide virtual gallery experiences allowing those who were not ready to visit our galleries to view and purchase art
  • Provide children’s art programs to-go for little or no cost
  • Waive or lower all exhibiting fees
  • Share virtual concerts of past performers at the Center
  • Find a new way to host our longest running event, our Annual Winterfest Artisan Fair, in a safe and healthy way, in order to be sure that local artisans had a way to sell their work.

So far, in the first half of 2021, we have also:

  • Opened 6 new art exhibits, which are available both virtually and in-person, so artists can show and sell their work
  • Facilitated dozens of art classes and workshops, providing an income for artist instructors
  • Developed ongoing Stained Glass Open Studios, Blacksmith Open Forge times and Drawing Open Studios, and made a plan to reopen the Pottery Open Studios next month, all of which also provide an income for artist instructors

We are beginning to host larger groups and to plan more events, too.  Just a couple of weeks ago, we were able to host 39 college interns from the Onward NRV intern program for an Experience Floyd Excursion day filled with hands-on art activities, including Stained Glass, Pottery, Blacksmithing, Beeswax Batik, and Drawing with a variety of dry media, including charcoal and graphite. These interns are working in a variety of industries throughout the New River Valley, some of them originally from Virginia, others quite new to the state.  Most of them barely knew each other, if at all, yet, by the time they left the art center, they seemed like old friends and were making plans to come back for art classes and to spend some more time exploring Floyd county!

On June 26, the art center is hosting a special opening of the new Appalachian Center for Photography, which is part history museum, part art gallery and part educational facility — all devoted to the art of film photography.  We will also host our first Opening Reception in over 16 months on the same night as we welcome the public in to experience, ‘The Gift of Art – 26 Years an Art Center’, a special anniversary exhibition featuring works by some of the many artists who have helped shape the Center over the years. What we are most excited about, though, is that also opening on June 26 is the ‘Floyd County High School Art Show’, and that we are resuming in-person Kid’s Art Camp in July. We’ve really missed our youth artists around here and we can't wait to welcome them and their families back into the Center this summer!

We need your help to do all of this. Please give TODAY.  It is quick and easy and secure.  And, don’t forget, now that we have a match challenge in place, your donation dollars will go twice as far!

Thank you so much for your continued support. We couldn't do this without you!

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Floyd Center for the Arts

Tax id (EIN)

54-1750001

Categories

Arts & Culture Education

Address

220 PARKWAY LN S STE 1
FLOYD, VA 24091

Phone

(540) 745-2784

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