Letter to the Editor

Get culturally connected

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I attended a visioning day for Arts On Grand this weekend, as I'm a co-vice president of the board of directors. This was a day to focus on the future of Arts On Grand. Many of the concerns for the organization are the same as the ones I've heard at board meetings at Clay County Heritage, where I'm the director, and concerns I've heard from friends involved at the Spencer Community Theatre, where I volunteer as an "actor." We are all concerned as our membership, fundraiser dollars, and sponsorships continue to decrease while our operating costs continue to increase. A lot of our decrease is from donor and volunteer fatigue. Many of the same companies and individuals have helped keep these non profit organizations afloat through their time and money for 20-plus years.

The $100,000 question is who is going to step up to fill these voids both fiscally and physically? Business' and people put arts and culture in their top five reasons when choosing where to live or work. A big concern with our community is how we fill our downtown spaces and how to fill our soon to be manufacturing spaces. So, I'm writing today to bring this to the publics attention and I hope you realize the importance for our arts and culture. If you are not currently giving or involved then we ask that you give or get involved. If you are giving or involved then we ask that you be a testimonial for these organizations.

I thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for considering giving or being involved in our arts and culture.

Ryan C. Odor, Spencer