The Washington Post has called this “Worst case scenario for arts groups”…
In March of 2017, the President of the United States released the “America First” budget, which proposes eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the federal agency that funds both state and local arts organizations, educational projects, museums and similar cultural institutions.
These proposed cuts would have dire consequences in the Ventura arts community, impacting artists, arts programs & events, and community arts centers. We cannot let this happen. We need to show that the community of Ventura supports the arts.
Over thirty local artists call Bell Arts Factory home. Bell Arts Factory is also known for its youth art classes, a program we offer the community free of charge. We open our doors to the public every First Friday, showcasing works from our tenants as well as other emerging artists. We are also home to another non-profit, the Harmony Project, an acclaimed after-school music program that provides professional instruction to children who might not otherwise have access to instruments and classes at their schools.
The Janet Addison Community Room gives us space to provide a low-cost reversal space for cultural dance groups like Ballet Folkorico and Danza Azteca. We are also able to provide a meeting center for community groups like the Westside Community Council and the Westside Community Development Corporation.
We need your support. Your monthly contribution will allow Bell Arts Factory to continue its mission of providing space for artists, arts programs, and community events, even in these times of uncertainty.
This is not a request help keep the lights on. We are asking you to help keep the Ventura arts community thriving. Become a Bell Ringer and support the arts today.
Your monthly donation to Bell Arts Factory is tax deductible. We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, with a tax I.D of 05-0609775.