We are a committee organized under the San Angelo Area Foundation on a mission to raise private funds to build the Christoval Performing Arts Center, a much needed facility as our school district does not have the funds for this capital project and works with very limited funds as it is.
A group of like-minded members of the community created this committee and is doing a very thoughtful approach to this project. We will have a series of flyers, a direct mail piece and more over this multi-year project to keep the public informed and garner much needed support to move this forward.
Our flyers will be used for a dinner theatre murder mystery fundraiser put on by the school district's One Act Play Team, which will be used as seed money for the architecture's initial renderings, etc.
We look to launch a direct mail piece to all of the households in this area that feed into this school district this spring as part of of the Area Foundation's "SA Gives" initiative which offers non-profits one day to rally support from the community, while area businesses offer ways to amplify giving and every dollar just goes a little bit further.
As this project grows we are looking at push cards to include with donor letters, and to use at chamber meetings to keep the project in front of the community.
So why are we taking on this large project? Our 2A UIL One Act Play department does not have a UIL approved stage to perform, is limping by with a cafetorium, and has still made it to State competition 8 out of the last 10 years. Their accolades would fill the page. The school’s band hall cannot house the equipment and offer adequate practice space, the parking lot and stadium are the true practice areas when weather allows. There are also students in debate who look to hold events in such a facility.
This space would also give the school district a place to have assemblies, prom, graduation, and impact the community as a whole as a place for town hall meetings, concerts, and the school a place to host competitions and generate funds for the continued maintenance of the building. Currently the school district rents space 20 to 30 miles away for events such as prom and graduation. Having these events locally would build the local culture as well as be safer for travel for the students.
As the school strives to meet the needs of classroom space and facilities, we believe this is an extracurricular effort that would benefit the whole community. As 43 percent of the students in grades 6-12 are enrolled in the performing arts, that is a large population of students without the necessary space to truly succeed in these areas. Research we have gathered so far shows that students involved in the arts perform higher on standardized tests and are overall more involved in their schools and community.
We thank Conquest Graphics for its consideration of this and look forward to working with you for years to come.
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