Who funds art?
In the United States, on average half the revenue for nonprofit arts oganizations comes from their earned income, another 35.5% comes from individual contributions and endowments, 7.5% from foundations and corporations, and 7% from local, state, and federal governments. (Source: Robert Lynch, "Harnessing the Power of the Arts: Capitalizing on the Economic Power of the Creative Industry," Public Management, Vol. 90, No. 9)
We are grateful to these people and organizations, who gave money, supplies, or equipment to the Art Association of Ridge Spring this year:
Ridge Spring Harvest Festival Committee
American Legion Post #133
Woman's Study Club of Ridge Spring
Oswald Lumber Company
Pat's Corner Antiques
We spent these funds purchasing services and goods from businesses in Saluda, Ridge Spring, Aiken, and Batesburg-Leesville, so we are giving back to our community. The donations were combined with volunteer time to start the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail, continue the children's summer art camp, advertise the Experience-Art-in-Ridge-Spring tours, and improve the appearance of the gallery.