Arts For All.
Be our partner in sustaining the arts for the future.
Annual Appeal 2022
Committed to Our Sustainable Future
Plymouth Center for the Arts is committed to creating lasting value and impact for our community. As we look to the future, we must build on our successes and explore new opportunities to responsibly utilize our expanded and accessible facilities and grounds to engage more visitors and reach more segments of our community. An important pillar of our sustainability is fiscal accountability. With incredible support from donors of every kind, together we have built Plymouth Center for the Arts into a treasured resource for locals and a must-visit destination for visitors.
We’ve established important community and regional partnerships with organizations that share our values and our belief in the power of the arts to positively impact our community, including:
- The Plymouth Public Schools
- Plymouth Commission on Disabilities
- Plymouth’s Dept of Marine & Environmental Affairs
- Northeastern University’s Cognitive Laboratory of Environment and Arts Research (CLEAR)
- Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapCodCAN)
- New England Watercolor Society
By supporting Plymouth Center for the Arts during our Annual Appeal, you help us continue to have a meaningful impact today, while ensuring our art center and our arts and culture community will thrive for years to come.
Photograph by Patricia Dysart: 'Lily Green. Barely Seen.'
Why Your Donation Is So Important
Our Annual Appeal provides a stable source of income to help pay our bills and prepare responsibly for the future. Your donation helps cover operational costs and projects that ensure our long-term position as an anchor of the Plymouth arts and culture community, including 2023 priorities:
- Capital improvements to maintain our historic property with roof repair, brick repointing, window replacement, painting, creation of a sculpture garden and landscaping of our back yard to contribute to community green space and for revenue-generating events.
- Operating expenses, including utilities such as fuel, water and electricity, insurance, and day-to-day cleaning and maintenance of our historic facility and grounds.
- Paid staff and contract workers, As we continue to grow, the size and complexity of our organization requires new paid staff to manage day-to-day operations and key areas, like facility rental and expanded education and event programming.
Donor Dollars At Work
Plymouth Center for the Arts cannot exist without support from our community. Here’s how the generosity of our donors propels our progress.
Facility Upgrades. This past year, with financial support from our generous donor partners, we completed two major projects that expand our capacity for self-sustainability. A generous donation from the family of Elaine & David Crawley funded the construction of our handicap accessible back yard deck, which extends our usable space. And, a significant grant from L. Knife and Son, Inc., a division of the Sheehan Family of Companies, made in honor of founding member of the Plymouth Guild, Elaine M. Crawley, created our new professionally equipped catering kitchen, opening new revenue opportunities from facility rental for catered events.
Education Programs are the all-important engine of our Art Center. Last year, teachers and students returned to the classroom while we continued to offer virtual options, serving hundreds of students.
Our Gleaming Galleries are open for in-person and online visitors, showcasing breathtaking artwork from local, national and international artists. In the past year, we’ve presented more than a dozen shows, including:
- Our signature Annual Juried Art Show & Festival
- Art of the Contemporary Indigenous Experience
- A Different Vision, an exhibit for all the senses
- Fine Art of Photography, which attracts submissions from across the country and around the world.
Engaging Events. From May through October the first Friday of the month brings visitors into our galleries and Artisan Shop on Plymouth’s First Fridays, where they can jumpstart their evening in Downtown Plymouth with beautiful art and the sounds of some local musicians.
Our Bustling Artisan Shop showcases the works of a growing stable of local artisans, in a bright, beautiful shopping environment. Shop sales increased more than 150% last year, making it an important source of art center revenue.
Growing Membership. Propelled by our annual May Membership Madness drive, we continue to expand our membership and reach new segments of our community. In the past two years we have welcomed hundreds of new and renewing members, creating a vibrant, engaged membership community.
Corporate and Foundation Support
Plymouth Center for the Arts’ programming and exhibitions are made possible in large part through the support of corporate sponsors and private, public, and corporate foundations. Our partners are essential to our ability to advance our mission and make an impact in our community. We partner with organizations that are committed to championing the arts and the economic and social vibrancy of our art center and the Plymouth region. In return, we offer corporate partners the opportunity to connect with more than 600 members, hundreds of students and teachers, and some 20,000 annual visitors, plus thousands more who interact with our online galleries and social platforms. Corporate partners receive exclusive visibility opportunities for programming and events, venue rental discounts and more.
We seek funding partners to support our efforts in a number of areas, including:
- Art education programs
- Accessible art programs for children and adults with disabilities
- Special exhibitions showcasing Indigenous artists, young artists, and the role of the arts in environmental preservation and sustainability
- Operations and staffing
- Technology and digital transformation
- Capital improvements
- Greenspace improvements, grounds maintenance, and creation of outdoor exhibit space, such as our planned sculpture garden
If you are associated with a foundation that supports any of these areas, or if you represent a corporate organization that is interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider Giving from Your IRA
If you are 70½ years old or older you can give an amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to Plymouth Center for the Arts without having to pay income taxes on the money. Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD).
- Give now to our Annual Appeal and help us achieve our long-term financial goals.
- You pay no taxes on your gift. The direct transfer of your IRA from your retirement plan administrator to a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize.
Discuss this option with your financial advisor to determine if it is an appropriate giving option for you. Then contact Plymouth Center for the Arts Development Committee Co-Chairs Kathy Dunne and Eileen Pacheco at email@example.com to coordinate your planned giving intentions.
Here’s How You Can
Contribute to Our Sustainable Future!
Become a PCA Member and become part of our vibrant arts & culture community.
Contact us to discuss how you can give of your time and talents as a volunteer!
The volunteers of Plymouth Center for the Arts and our Board of Directors thank you for your generous consideration.