As art groups throughout the United States need financial support from individuals, businesses and private industry, so does the Fine Arts Festival of Waupaca.
The Festival does not receive financial help from the state or any other entity, and help is needed to bring the creative arts to the Waupaca area and maintain the Festival.
The annual fund drive has not yielded what is needed to sustain the programs.
Those who have not already responded to the fund drive are asked to consider giving a gift to the Fine Arts Festival of Waupaca. Contributions, welcomed throughout the year, are tax deductible if they are itemized.
The Festival Committee Board approved a working budget of $58,945 for the 2015 season.
Of that amount, the board is seeking to raise more than $22,000 through donations to support the events of the festival.
The success of the fund drive helps keep ticket prices affordable and festival events open to larger audiences.
Patrons are listed as donors over $150, Benefactors as $100 to $149, Donors as $50 to $99 and Contributors as donations of less than $50.
Those who contribute more than $250 are listed as underwriters for all three main events, which include the community choir, the art show and the community theater.
Gifts must be received by March 20 in order to be included in the printed program.
Checks may be mailed to Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, Box 55, Waupaca, WI 54981.
The Fine Arts Festival of Waupaca has existed in the community for more than 50 years.
The Festival sponsors the Waupaca Community Theatre, The Waupaca Community Chorus and the Annual Art Show.
The upcoming 52nd Fine Arts Festival will present a program of varied cultural events.
The Festival will open with the annual Community Choir and Civic Orchestra Concert on Sunday, April 12.
This year, the choir will present the St. Patrick’s Mass by Philip Green, along with selected choral anthems by composer John Rutter.
The Waupaca Art Show will be presented at the Waupaca Expo Center from April 27 to May 2 and will feature artists and styles in every genre. The Waupaca Community Theatre will reprise Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award winning musical “Into the Woods.”
John Kelley will return to the director’s chair to present six shows during the last weekend in July and the first weekend in August.
The Children’s Theatre has committed in July to producing the children’s version of “Shrek, the Musical.”
Visit www.fineartsfestival.org for event information throughout the year.