Guild Membership Drive Helps The Arts Garage Grow

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A dedicated team of volunteers raises scholarship funds so local youth can attend a myriad of enriching classes at Arts Garage in Delray Beach. These outstanding volunteers form the Arts Garage Guild and their board is now launching a November membership drive to expand their base of supporters. “This drive is critical as it will ensure the support needed to provide more students with access to new dynamic programing instituted by the recently appointed Director of Education, John Lariviere,” said Peter Armour, President of the Guild Executive Board. “As Arts Garage enters its 5th year, The Guild is implementing this campaign to increase our membership and garner even more partnerships with local businesses,” said the retired publishing executive who served as a senior corporate executive at magazine publishing giant, Conde Nast. Guild Membership has 3 different levels: Individual – $30; Couple – $50; and Business – $75. Currently the Guild is comprised of approximately 200 members who volunteer at performances by taking tickets, guiding people to their seats and running the concessions. Every year, the Guild orchestrates fundraising events which provide opportunities for local youth to benefit from arts education programs. “This past year the Guild has made it possible to provide one out of four of our students with scholarships for visual and performing arts classes,” said Jane Glatz who serves as an Executive Board Member and Membership Co-chair. “The Guild is even more enthusiastic about raising scholarship funds because of the array of new programming being launched by John Lariviere.” “We are proud to present our diverse new palette of educational offerings for the Fall,” said Lariviere. “Back by popular demand are classes such as Making The Band, Musical Theater Triple Threat, and Monologues with Michael Leeds. And we have also added classes in audition preparation for the theater departments at both Dreyfoos and BAK schools for the performing arts, a Dream Role Cabaret class, and interactive TheatrePlay classes for youths and teens.” “In addition we offer education programming for the entire community including classes in Photography, Paper & Wire Sculpture and Paint & Sip. For the classics lover, there will be Shakespeare for Dummies: Conquering the Classic Monologue!, and for the comedian in everyone there will be classes in Acting Improv. And as always we will continue offering private lessons in voice, piano, guitar and percussion,” he said. Lariviere was the previous General Manager and Assistant Director of Education of The Plaza Theatre. Prior to that, he spent seven years teaching fine arts at North Broward Preparatory School, where he was Director of their Private Lesson Program. Students can find out more about the educational programs at www.artsgarage.org or by calling 561-450-6357 The Guild will be participating in “Volunteer Delray & Nonprofit Council Expo” sponsored by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce – November 20th, 2015, 5-7pm, at Old School Square. Interested new members can meet them there or reach out to Membership Chairman, Ellie Hayman at Arts Garage, 561-450-6357.