Each week at the Arts Council of White Lake and Nuveen Center, the smallest actions become victories. Children gain confidence by taking on roles in theater productions. Adults who struggle to express themselves in words find their voice through painting and drawing. And exhibited works by Michigan artists sooth, entertain and inspire.

Walking through the Arts Council’s spacious set of storefronts on Colby Street in downtown Whitehall, Jane Hanna, Montague resident who chairs the organization’s board of directors, chuckles as she recalls the Arts Council of 30 years ago, “…when it was a tiny, all-volunteer non-profit created for the purpose of holding free outdoor summer concerts!”

During its past three decades, the Arts Council has grown to include the White River Gallery and Nuveen Art Education Center, a popular artist-in-residence program, a much-loved youth theater program, stunning sculptures along area bike trails, and hundreds of classes held at the center and at businesses around the White Lake community.

It also provides grants and scholarships for art and music students.

“Today, the Arts Council – Nuveen is a diverse community resource that serves adults and children of all ages and all abilities!” says Hanna, with an enthusiasm shared by hundreds in the community who have been involved with the organization over the years, including artists, instructors, sponsors, members and volunteers.   

This week, members are stepping up the organization’s capacity once again by launching a Love the Arts Forever campaign to grow the Arts Council – Nuveen’s endowment fund to $1 million.

The fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. Each year, approximately four percent of the fund can be used by the Arts Council to provide a stable source of revenue for expenses that are historically difficult to raise, such as utilities and salaries. The principle remains invested and grows. 

The fund currently stands at approximately $300,000, boosted in November by supportive leadership donors, and includes a $100,000 gift directed by John Hilt as advisor to the George and Betty Hilt Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

John Hilt has generously offered to match, from that Fund, every $100,000 the Arts Council – Nuveen raises, up to another $400,000.

Giving to the Arts Council of White Lake Endowment Fund is easy! Click the link below.
Remember to choose 'Arts Council of White Lake' in the 'Specific Fund' drop down box.


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