Love the Arts? How to Be Supportive on a Budget


By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) — Want to support the arts but feeling a bit like Cinderella who can’t quite afford the ball? That’s understandable – at this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit (commonly known as the Met Gala), a single ticket cost about $30,000 and a table cost about $275,000, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as reported in several media outlets.

Where does that leave someone who truly cares about artists and wants to support them? There are several ways to get involved with organizations without being a celebrity. Here are four tips:

  1. Get involved with smaller organizations. “There’s no better way to feel connected than by getting involved with an organization in the local community,” says Quinn Vogt-Welch, Development Associate of The Barrow Group Theatre Company (TBG), a mid-size theatre organization providing inspiration and resources to the NYC arts community, with notable alumni such as Anne Hathaway, Tony Hale and Vera Farmiga.
  2. Seek out special events for young professionals. Under 40? There might be special events that focus on a younger audience with lower ticket fees. For example, The Barrow Group Theatre Company hosts two back-to-back fundraising parties in the spring with one on May 23 geared toward young professionals. The party includes an open bar and three fun, short plays that will be written on the spot by TBG playwrights and performed by TBG actors. Tickets are $60 and support TBG’s student scholarship program and 2017–18 production season. “The Young Professional party is a great way for people to ‘dip their toes’ into the off-Broadway New York theater scene by supporting a hip, energetic and innovative company,” says Vogt-Welch.
  3. Find out if there are other ways to support beyond event day. Can’t attend? There might be a “win-win” scenario through an organization’s auction or raffle, common components before or after a fundraising event. The best part is that prize packages usually involve unique experiences that can’t be found ordinarily. A small donation might mean the experience of a lifetime.
  4. Donate time. Non-profit organizations are always seeking people who can lend a helping hand. It takes a lot to put on a show! See if there are volunteer opportunities to work in a box office, coat check, food/beverage, setup, etc.

“There are many wonderful arts organizations that rely on the support of generous donors. And there are equally as many ways to not only donate to an organization but to also have a fun night out,” says Vogt-Welch

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