YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
Midland Center for the Arts has long been a multifaceted jewel in our midst!
Dazzling performers, brilliant lecturers, energizing experiences, classes where education and inspiration intertwine to unleash creativity, and exceptional exhibits all combine to make the Center a vital asset for our region and beyond.
Average ticket sales cover only one-third of operating costs – the rest depends on the generosity of our friends, sponsors and donors – like YOU!
Your generous donation:
Enables us to maintain the level of excellence in programs and volunteer experiences this region has come to expect and appreciate.
- Allows us to reach over 100,000 young people, families and educators annually.
- Supports our efforts to reach into the community in order to educate future generations, preserve our heritage and instill a love for the arts.
- Allows us to inspire over 10,000 regional children through museum visits, musical assemblies, art classes, youth on stage, history in the making and more.
- Provides scholarship opportunities, reduced pricing, educational partnerships, and creative outreach to better serve all the children in our region.
- Helps us keep the region attractive to talented professionals and their families, whose decisions on where to live are driven by the locale’s quality of life, including the availability of cultural amenities.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Help us continue to provide the outstanding programming you've come to expect!
Good news! Donations to Midland Center for the Arts and any of its member groups now qualify for our new recognition program: Circle of Friends! For as little as $100 a year, you will receive recognition for your support while helping MCFTA bring family fun and great entertainment to the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Circle of Friends allows you to support your passion, whether it’s something specific like art, science, theatre, history, choral music or professional programming – such as symphony or MATRIX:MIDLAND – or, general support of our overall operations. ALL donations to MCFTA throughout the year are added together to calculate your Circle of Friends recognition level. Won’t YOU take a moment to make an investment that will have immediate impact on the entire Center and lasting benefits for the programming groups that make up this extraordinary organization?
Your contribution to Circle of Friends can be designated as follows:
• Friends of Center (supports overall operations, facilities, and programming)
Midland Symphony Orchestra
Center Stage Theatre
Center Stage Choirs
Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art (membership info)
Midland County Historical Society (membership info)
Midland Center for the Arts is a 501(C) non-profit tax-exempt corporation. All memberships and contributions are tax-deductible less the fair market value associate with the benefits.
Circle of Friends
Additional benefits may be applicable based on designation of your gift.
Circle of Friends
Investment income from The Midland Center for the Arts’ Endowment Fund provides critical funding each year. By making a gift to the Endowment Fund, you help provide future stability for an organization that is essential to the health and vibrancy of the community. Donations may be made to honor an individual, and are a permanent and public testament to the person’s commitment to arts and culture.
Gifts of $1000 or more to our Endowment Fund are recognized by a plaque in the MCFTA Brick Lobby and published periodically in the Center Magazine. These donors join the ranks of visionaries who helped lay the foundations of Midland Center for the Arts.
The Midland County Historical Society also offers a tangible way to donate to their Endowment fund. For as little as $100, donors may purchase a brick paver which is inscribed and placed permanently in the Honors Terrace of the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center just off the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.
The Legacy Society is a special community of donors who support the Center’s Endowment Fund with an outright gift, or by irrevocable naming the Center as a charitable beneficiary in an estatae plan. Endowment Funds provide perpetual support for an organization’s operating and capital needs and are essential for sustainability. To join the Legacy Society, please inform us that you have included the Center in your estate plan.
A well-structured charitable estate gift may provide the following benefits:
Check with your estate planner for details.
- You may increase your annual income
- You may receive an immediate income tax deduction
- You may avoid the tax on capital gains of appreciated assets
- You may receive an estate and gift tax deduction
- You will create a lasting legacy for the Center
- Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime
Strategically enhance your marketing and brand awareness by partnering with Midland Center for the Arts. Sponsoring an exhibit, performance, special event, or educational programming places your business in front of a highly desirable audience. A variety of opportunities exist, and benefits can be customized with investments ranging as low as $100 for smaller entrepreneurs to thousands of dollars to link mid- to larger businesses with world-class entertainment and programming. Contact our Development Office to learn more about it!
Corporate sponsorships provide vital support for the Center’s ongoing programs and can help an organization accomplish key business objective through exclusive rights and benefits such as:
- Category exclusivity
- World-class entertaining and hospitality opportunities
- Brand transfer: establish lasting affiliation with the region’s premier cultural institution
- Targeted access to key demographics
- Inclusion in broad media and advertising campaigns and prominent onsite presence
Major MCFTA Sponsors:
See a list of our current
|SCHOLARSHIPS - ABOUT
ART FROM THE HEART
Art from the Heart is Midland Center for the Arts’ scholarship fund, assisting under-served groups and individuals in our community. Applications are required; requests will be reviewed and granted based on available funds and seating. Early application is recommended; requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.
Art from the Heart is made possible through special fundraiser ticket sales, the generosity of individual donors and special grants from a variety of sources. Donations are always welcome! To make a donation to this fund, please contact the Ticket Office at 800-523-7649. Current sponsors for Art from the Heart are Contemporary Review Club, Midland Area Community Foundation, and Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Fund administered by Citizens Bank Wealth Management.
Midland Center for the Arts makes available programs, services and financial assistance without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, or handicap.
STATE OF MICHIGAN'S CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FUND
This scholarship is for children with serious medical needs and is offered through the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Children with Special Needs Fund. They offer up to $500 for a Summer Camp Scholarship. The scholarship program has limited funding available, so submit your application as soon as possible.
PEANUT GALLERY SCHOLARSHIP Center Stage Theatre
Peanut Gallery is dedicated to the further education of their volunteers. Every year funds are raised to help past and present PG participants attend art related summer camps and assist with their college education.
THE CLARA HIGHHILL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP MSO
The Clara Highhill Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a longtime Midland Symphony League volunteer. Eligible students must be in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade and must be a resident of Midland County. In addition to an application form, students submit an audition recording and a recommendation from their school music teacher(s) and/or private music teacher(s). The selection process also includes review of both recorded and live audition performances.
|Scholarship Applications Downloads:
• Art from the Heart scholarships:
• tuition-based classes
• educational programming
• museum visits
• theatrical performances
• musical performances
Art from the Heart Benefactors
• State of Michigan's Children with Special Needs Fund:
• Peanut Gallery Award Scholarship
Contact Katy Gaertner for more information at (989) 631-5930 x 1702.
• Clara Highhill Memorial Scholarship
Highhill Application Download
Contact Kimberly Dimond for more information at (989) 631-5930, ext. 1502.