Friday, June 7, 2019

AmadorArts is Grateful that the Donor Drive Was a Success

Just three months ago in March, a call went out from AmadorArts in the form of a Donor Drive. The non-profit had to raise $29,000 by the end of it fiscal year in June to sustain its many programs, causes, and events. Thanks to the generosity of many businesses, individuals, and other entities, the Amador County Arts Council is happy to announce that the goal has been surpassed.  In addition to increased donor gifts, AmadorArts has also received additional grants from the California Arts Council.

This show of financial positivity sustains the organization’s 37 years of work towards its mission “to encourage, support, and promote the arts in our community and schools.”  Now, according to Executive Director Meghan O’Keefe, “We must continue the momentum to grow our financial base so that we can provide even more arts education to children, offer more free workspace for artists in need, and become a better resource for all artists and arts lovers in our community.”

The State grant applications were filed early in the year, and the awards were only recently announced. One is to fund a professional expert to guide AmadorArts to update its Strategic Plan for servicing the arts needs of Amador County for the next five years. The other grant for one year from the California Arts Council is over $12,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar, hence the importance of new and continuing community donations. Called the “Local Impact” grant, it will expand what AmadorArts does in its newly established arts center in Jackson by supporting onsite “Open Studio”space—mornings for adults, afternoons for children and families; four gallery exhibits and receptions; a variety of performances in the center; and the hiring of a part-time employee to work onsite as the AmadorArts Center Assistant.

Other major recent donations came from: Amador Community Foundation of $5,000 for Arts Education; Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort of $3,000 for Arts Education and $1,000 for the free TGIF Summer Concerts; Terra d’Oro Winery of $1,000 for TGIF; and Kaur Dental Group of $1000 for TGIF. Additionally, the Amador County Board of Supervisors has once again budgeted for $5000 to be allocated to AmadorArts.

The single most important resource continues to be the private donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations, small to large. According to O’Keefe, “Every cent makes a huge difference in the lives of students,residents and visitors throughout our community.”  She added that in this past year AmadorArts invested over $22,000 into arts education forACUSD students, not including its staff time, student director mentorships, and broadcast time.

For more information, phone 209-256-8166. Visit or email

Inside the AmadorArts Center, two Argonaut art students work on pencil drawings after school with supplies provided by the Amador County Arts Council.

AmadorArts scholarship winner, Daniel Howe, Argonaut class of 2019, teaches a peer how to play the piano inside the AmadorArts Center during Open Studio time. 

For more information of getting your teen into our afternoon Open Studio program, contact or 209-256-8166.

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