We all need a little help from our friends. The arts are no exception. The arts give us so much – ways to express ourselves, beauty, activities to enjoy. It is time to give back to the arts.
How you can help –
Keep your eyes and ears open for the arts in Stockton and attend when you can. Stockton is full of art events every week. Think Stockton first. Visitstockton.org has the best events calendar I know. You can also read the Stockton Record and walk the Miracle Mile to see the latest event posters in store windows. The arts need an audience of people, like you, to appreciate them and keep them strong.
If you want to do more and have the time, volunteer. Volunteers are always needed at art events because nothing happens alone. More hands make lighter work.
If you have the money, give to the arts. There are always fundraisers going on. Whirlow’s on the Mile helps groups raise money all the time. Check their website to learn more. The ArtSplash could benefit from its own display racks (each rack costs about $100)/contact me if you want to contribute. Currently Art Expressions of San Joaquin is trying to raise $300 to purchase a portable sound system with their T – shirt campaign. Eruch Dah also needs his own sound system to run open mic events at Janet Leigh Plaza. He can be reached on FB.
If you can’t give money, you can give supplies. The Draw It Out wish flag project could use cotton sheets, acrylic paint and spools of ribbon (at least 3/8” wide) to continue to offer wish flag making throughout Stockton/contact me if you have supplies to donate.
If you think that the arts add to your life, please look for opportunities to give back.