Be an angel for performing arts students

Private support provides educational activities outside the classroom

Chris Kubik and Donna Perline.
(l-r) Chris Kubik and Donna Perline help prepare the first mailing to potential new members of the Performing Arts Angels.

The Performing Arts Angels has recently named its board, recruited its first 39 members and approved its first project to fund.

    Performing Arts Angels is a sister group to Music Associates and is modeled after that organization. It is up and running because of Richard Campbell, former chair of Music Associates and an Ameriprise private wealth advisor with Juhnke Campbell and Associates.

    “After serving seven years with Music Associates,” said Campbell, “I realized that the College of Fine Arts was divided into three areas — two of which focus on music in one form or another: performing it or performing to it, such as in theater, opera and dance. This has been very confusing for patrons (of Music Associates) not realizing that zero dollars were being allocated to the latter. Since there was not a patron organization for that area, we began several years ago planning for the set up of this new group to serve the School of Performing Arts.”

    “Richard has been the ‘archangel,’ if you will, of this group,” said Rodney Miller, College of Fine Arts dean. “Having been involved with Music Associates, he knew exactly what the potential for this group could be as well as the path for getting there as effectively as possible.”

    The group’s primary mission is to raise money to provide educational and training opportunities for talented dance, musical theatre and theatre (performance and design/tech) students in the School of Performing Arts, and to be their ambassadors in the community.

    “Our goal this year is to raise at least $20,000 and sign up 100 members for the pooled donor fund,” explained Campbell. “After that, I suppose the sky’s the limit . . . hopefully in the $50,000 -$100,000 range sometime on down the road.”

    As of the end of November the group had raised $15,000.

    The first project to be funded by the Performing Arts Angels is covering tuition and housing for 10 students to attend a performance workshop in Chicago.

    Other ways Performing Arts Angels can help current students as well as attract new students are to invest in scholarships; underwrite attendance at performances and conventions; and sponsor leading stage performers and guest artists to conduct master classes.

    There are multiple membership levels and a wide variety of benefits for Performing Arts Angels.

 

circle arrow To become a Performing Arts Angel, contact Diana Gordon, WSU Foundation director of development for the College of Fine Arts and the Ulrich Museum, at 316-978-7307 or at diana.gordon@wichita.edu.

Velma Wallace

 
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