ArtsConnect Recovery Campaign

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Help in the Recovery Efforts of ArtsConnect 

While Also Supporting a Meaningful Art Installation 

The Springfield Township Arts Center is more than a building where art classes take place. It’s an exciting hub of creativity for all ages. Dedicated in 2020 and programmed by ArtsConnect, the Arts Center has touched over 18,450 lives through art instruction, open studios, and free to low-cost community events.  Today we are asking individuals, families and businesses to show their support of ArtsConnect and the reinstatement of arts programs in a truly unique way.


THE NEED IS NOW FOR TOMORROW

Abruptly, operations of the Springfield Township Arts Center came to a halt when the center flooded from three broken sprinkler pipes on Christmas day, 2022. The community has stood by our side and we are forever grateful for partnerships, like Finneytown School District, offering temporary class and office space.  ArtsConnect has been operating with limited resources over the past year as extensive renovations to every room in the center undergo repair. The sprinkler system had to be replaced, requiring major delays to construction.  We are very excited to announce, that ArtConnect will (finally) be re-opening and a Grand Opening has been scheduled for January 5th and 6th, 2024.  

Since its inception in 2012, ArtsConnect has never run a capital campaign. The flood brought unprecedented challenges and supporters have asked what can they do to help. For the first time, and in anticipation of a re-start, ArtsConnect is asking for your help in our recovery. In the coming months, many art, pottery, woodworking, kitchen and office supplies will need to be replaced. Revenues were minimal in 2023, so we are raising funds to help offset the costs in replacing so many tools and materials not covered by ArtsConnect insurance.  In addition to the replacement of supplies, we have commissioned local artist, Jessica Wolf, to design an install a beautiful piece of artwork where the public can be a recognized for their support. Through your contribution, ArtsConnect will not only be able to immediately reinstate its diverse and engaging programming but also have a permanent art display to stand as a testament to community kindness and dedication to the arts. The installation will welcome visitors as a symbol of our collective resiliency.

 

A MEANINGFUL PUBLIC ART DISPLAY

Cincinnati artist, Jessica Wolf has been commissioned to design and build a one-of-a-kind, chandelier sculpture to hang in the stairwell of the renovated art center. The design of the chandelier will be symbolic of the flood and rising from adversity when our community comes together. Donors can be recognized for their contributions in the art, on a plaque and/or on a web page dedicated to the new chandelier.


OUR GOAL

Our goal is to raise $15,000. Of this amount, $3,000 will be used towards the art commission. The remainder will be used in our extensive recovery efforts.


SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Funds raised by March 31, 2024 through the campaign will not only bring a permanent work of art to the center, it will help sustain ongoing operations of ArtsConnect. Your support will have a profound impact. The art installation will be up by the Grand Opening. The final plaque will be hung in April.

We are eager to share the details of our re-grand opening as soon as they are confirmed. It will be a momentous occasion, and we would be honored to have you join us in celebrating this milestone. Your support is an integral part of this achievement, and we look forward to acknowledging your contribution during our festivities.

Rendering of Artwork to be Installed For the Re-Grand Opening of the Art Center

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Donor Levels:

"Diamond" Level $1,000+

 Business, family or individual name will be incorporated into the new stairwell art display on a spindle of the chandelier and will  listed on the plaque and on the dedicated web page as a Diamond Supporter.

 "Gold" thru "Contributor" Levels

Business, family or individual name will be listed on a wall plaque that will be located in the stairwell near the art installation. The name will also be listed on the web page.

Gold Level: $500-$900  

Silver Level: $250-$499

Contributor Level: $100-$249

 Supporters

Business, family or individual name will be listed on the ArtsConnect webpage. 

$1-$99


Donations can be made online through credit card. Checks can be addressed to ArtsConnect and mailed to 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OHIO 45231

Questions can be directed to Kim Flamm, Director of ArtsConnect at 513-728-4262.

ArtsConnect is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

The Artist, Jessica Wolf

Founded in Cincinnati in 2009, Paper Acorn began as a creative outlet for artist Jessica Wolf. While learning the ins & outs of structural engineering at her full-time job in the package design industry, Wolf was inspired to create more than toothpaste cartons and dog food bags.

After hours, with ruler and X-acto knife in hand, she set to work creating something of her own. An intricate box crafted from scraps of paperboard formed the shape of a tiny forest treasure; a humble acorn. Excited about the possibilities, she continued to create in her free time and many other designs quickly followed.

An online store was opened to test the waters of potential revenue. After some promising successes, the pull to dedicate more time to growing her business called her out of a full time position and into the life of self-employment.

The naming of her business came naturally; noting her primary medium and harkening back to the little nut that sparked this journey, Paper Acorn began to sprout roots. 

Inspired by the endless possibilities of paper and the imaginations of her customers, Jessica continues to expand her line of products in the wedding & party, home décor, and DIY crafting industries.


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Flood damage of the arts center

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Thanks to our contributors, we were not only able to reinstate our diverse and engaging programming but also fund the permanent art display in the stairwell of the center.

Resiliency Contributor's Level Status:

Diamond: Gold: Silver: Contributor: Supporter:
VS Family Foundation Tomasz Grelak Tracy Byrne Irene Light Vicky Minnich
Taitzer & Judy Wang Campos EPC Peg McDonald Laurie Rusnak Nancy Shryock
Julie Jolson Walter Gibson Donna Waymire Karen Coleman Sandra Jones
      Lisa Zupon Julie Leonard
      True Blue Apparel Sarah Murray
      Michael Day Kathryn Cooper
      Lisa Kuprionis Mary Mischenko
      Robin Hendley Trudelle Thomas
      Jim Jennings Gary Hole
      Springfield TWP Seniors INC Francine Ris
      Joe Gibbons Robert Mermelstein
      Diane McFloyd  
      Peggy Coggins  
      Michael Hensley  
      Randy Hirtzel  
      Ann Spears  
      Barry Adamson  
      Kathy Hauser  
      Mary Mulkey  
      Fleming Rd. United Church of Christ Patrons