Dear Supporter of the Arts,
Why art? Is it because we can? No. It's because we must. Whether we are inspired by the imagery of a magnificent painting, the emotion evoked by a musical or dramatic masterpiece, or the timeless message of a poem, the arts have always played a central role in our lives and, indeed, the human experience. This could not be more true than here in the Mountain Empire where we have inherited the great artistic traditions of Central Appalachia. We have always relied on the arts to lift us up, console our sadness, and celebrate life with one another.
The mission of Arts Alliance Mountain Empire is to nurture, advocate, and celebrate the arts throughout the Mountain Empire, with the goals of supporting regional artists, facilitating collaborations, and communicating the value of the arts. We are able to achieve these goals, in part, with generous support from the Bristol Herald Courier, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Most importantly, our vital work is made possible because of your support.
As publisher of the award-winning A! Magazine for the Arts, AAME serves as the largest voice for arts information and advocacy in the region, reaching more than 30,000 readers each month in print and online. Celebrating its 17th year, A! Magazine for the Arts is the most comprehensive and indispensable guide for the arts in the Mountain Empire. A! Magazine for the Arts produces feature articles about diverse artists and their work, public art initiatives, calendars of regional events, arts youth spotlights, poetry, and book reviews. Additionally, A! Magazine for the Arts reports vital information on national arts trends and legislative issues affecting arts funding.
Please demonstrate your commitment to the arts by becoming an AAME member today!
By becoming an AAME Member, your gift ensures that AAME will be able to continue to:
• publish and distribute A! Magazine for the Arts at no cost to thousands of readers
• keep the region informed about issues affecting the arts on www.aamearts.org and www.artsmagazine.info
• provide a non-biased and objective platform for artists to express their unique points of view
• encourage young people involved in the arts
• celebrate the wide range of arts in our region
• support regional tourism and economic development
• engage local, regional, and state legislators to develop their interest and crucial support for the arts
• assist emerging arts groups such as Art in Public Places and The Paramount Chamber Players
• offer arts-related educational opportunities
Why art? Because it gives us a unique means to express our values, pass on cherished cultural traditions to our children, and delight in the simple, but profound joy that the arts bring to our lives. In the November 2011 issue of A! Magazine for the Arts, Dr. Lenita Thibault says, "I am convinced that the arts, in all forms, are absolutely essential to the health and vitality of a community."
Please help keep our community strong by becoming a member of AAME. Give generously today!
CLICK HERE to download a Membership / Donation Form:
Zane Myers, Ann Holler and Ben Jennings
AAME Fundraising Committee
Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, publisher of A! Magazine for the Arts, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.