Art Writing #3, In Support of The Arts

In Support of the Arts

I had this epiphany where I was writing my eulogy in a writing class (imagined) and

decided spontaneously what I would want for my “future self” and what I want for the world at all.

One thing that dawned on me was my life- long love of the arts that started in childhood elementary school when I began telling people that I was going to be an art teacher when I grew up.

The first thing I tried to figure out was how I would achieve this strange “eulogy” that ultimately equaled my legacy.  The experience became a technique for setting life-long goals and building ones legacy.

To make a long story short, one key area I chose was to work “in support of the arts” and make a list of arts venues that I would support perhaps with an annual gift over time.  I became a young donor.  With knowledge of fundraising and annual gifts and different giving seasons, I preferred around Christmas to make an annual gift to six different arts venues with a Christmas card giving thanks for supporting artists, with exhibitions, education and programming.

The holiday season is upon us I urge all Revolving Stream readers to pull out their check books and make annual gifts to non-profits and venues they wish to support or have utilized.  It’s great to choose an area and cover that area.  It’s even possible to form a family trust and work on long term giving goals. When you see your attorney for estate planning it’s possible to also include local non-profits in your will and estate planning.  Below are some of my recommendations especially for local readers:

Riverside Arts Center

76 N. Huron Street

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

Global Education

111 E. Kirby St

Detroit, MI 48202

Detroit Institute of The Arts

5200 Woodward Ave

Detroit, MI 48202

University of Michigan Museum of Art

525 South State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Ford Hall  Gallery

Eastern Michigan University

114 Ford Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The Studio Museum of Harlem

144 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

Museum of Modern of Art

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Center for International Performance and Exhibition (Hothouse)

5555 N. Sheridan Road

Apt 1107

Chicago, IL 60640  USA

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum

547 E. Circle Dr.

East Lansing, MI 48824





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