In years past, the private, non-profit Federation has contributed to a variety of arts organizations, plus others like the Children’s Annex, Hillel at SUNY-New Paltz, Jewish Family Services, Queen’s Galley, Family of Woodstock, Angel Food East, the Hudson Valley Food Bank and various high school scholarships. With Millen’s Recycling as co-sponsor, the Federation is pleased to expand its benefactor reach to include the performing arts. For the first time, it will recognize and contribute to Shadowland Theatre’s children’s programming and classes – a departure from previous years’ emphasis on supporting the visual arts.
According to Children’s Theatre director Andy Walter, participants range in age from 7 to 22 years old. “I like turning on the light bulb,” he says. “Our classes include two ten-week semesters. It’s very exciting to the personal growth of the individual students, especially when they put on a show!” Kids get to participate in all aspects of theater production, from ticket-taking to lighting to acting. It’s a fantastic vehicle for getting kids involved in every facet of the theater. The Federation’s gift of $1,000 will enable at least three kids who cannot afford the classes to attend on scholarship and will allow Shadowland to extend the program until the end of October.
“Fall for Art moneys stay local,” says chairperson Barbara Cohen. “This is the first time we’ve donated to the performing arts; we’ve never done anything in Ellenville, and we’re very excited to be doing this. We’re always excited!” Who wouldn’t be, to be offering great art, great food and a great cause? She emphasizes the three other important components to a successful event: generous sponsors, talented artists and eager guests. “The community has always been very generous. We need the arts for our survival.” The organizing committee has also arranged for additional recognition for two of the participating artists, who will receive a $250 award each for overall excellence, to be designated on the night of the event by Scott Rubenstein of Quail Hollow Events.
Don’t miss Fall for Arts on Thursday, September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. Ticket prices are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door. For further information see www.fallforart.ucjf.org, call (845) 338-8131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.