In our hectic lives, for many of us the holidays are a time-out. We reconnect with those we love to share gifts, food, fun and memories. We often reach out by volunteering or donating to help others experience the joy of the season.
The holidays are also a time to revel in cultural traditions, or be inspired to make new ones. The arts offer many interpretations of this magical time of year, and create opportunities to reflect, experience and share that no mall can duplicate. Enrich your holiday season by purchasing a handmade gift from a local artist, buying a ticket to a performance, or supporting an arts organization with your membership or donation.
Be inspired this holiday season – reconnect, reflect, revel, and give.
2015 has been a bit of a Guelph Concert Band sandwich for me. January’s Artful Pledge theme was Join, and it inspired me to join up with a band again after 7 years hiatus from my poor old flute. Now, in the spirit of November’s theme of Donate, I’ve had the pleasure and privelege of joining their board of directors. Time can be a valuable donation as well. Though I’m not making big cash gifts at this stage of my life, when Guelph Film Festival has a jar out on their ticket desk, I throw $5 in, and so can you!
Celebrate #GivingTuesday and the arts the easy way:
Here are links to the donation pages of other awesome non-profits and charities in our membership who are working every day to enrich the lives of Guelph citizens. Please consider making a donation to one or more of these fine charities via the links below. If you can’t choose, you can make a donation to Guelph Arts Council to help us continue to support the artistic and community work of all our members, including individual artists and the groups below.
P.S. December is the last month of our Artful Pledge and the theme is Buy. Don’t worry, we’ve provided a locally-focused guide for that too: http://www.guelpharts.ca/-give-artfully-this-season
ART GALLERY OF GUELPH (MACDONALD STEWART ART CENTRE) https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-macdonald-stewart-community-art-centre/
CANADIAN EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD GUELPH http://guelpharts.ca/visual/canadian-embroiderers-guild-guelph
DUBLIN STREET UNITED CHURCH ART SHOW https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/dublin-street-united-church/
FOCUS ON NATURE https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/focus-on-nature/
FRIENDS OF GUELPH PUBLIC LIBRARY http://friendsguelphlibrary.ca/donate/
GRAND RIVER BEAD SOCIETY http://www.grandriverbeadsociety.com/about.html
GREY WELLINGTON THEATRE GUILD https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-grey-wellington-theatre-guild/
GUELPH CHAMBER CHOIR https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/2576 GUELPH DANCE http://www.guelphdance.ca/support-dance/donations/
Guelph Film Festival (Formerly FOMM) http://www.guelphfilmfestival.ca/testsite2014/?page_id=1765
GUELPH GUILD OF STORYTELLERS https://guelphstorytellers.wordpress.com/contact-us/
GUELPH HISTORICAL SOCIETY http://www.guelphhistoricalsociety.ca/
GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL http://www.guelphjazzfestival.com/
GUELPH YOUTH MUSIC CENTRE https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/guelph-youth-music-centre/
GUELPH YOUTH SINGERS
GUELPH POTTERS GUILD https://sites.google.com/site/guelphpottersguild/
HILLSIDE FESTIVAL https://www.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=apZMf3OXGvQ2tw4AzbBeeSacQXTRrapIr_9LK0z0t-9IEqvRoZCb37La_py&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d64ad11bbf4d2a5a1a0d303a50933f9b2
KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL of GUELPH https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/guelph-kiwanis-music-festival/
POTTERS MARKET http://thepottersmarket.ca/
RAINBOW CHORUS https://www.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=E0XByBSOvRY2QGi8E8fSj6ur3ZsL9hvR9iDbNz1sjM4_DraZ339MjM93xRi&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d64ad11bbf4d2a5a1a0d303a50933f9b2
RIVER RUN CENTRE https://secure1.tixhub.com/guelph/online/b_don.asp
ROYAL CITY MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/12131
ROYAL CITY QUILTERS GUILD http://www.royalcityquiltersguild.com/ca/
SPARK OF BRILLIANCE http://www.sparkofbrilliance.org/contact
SUZUKI STRING SCHOOL OF GUELPH https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/13333</p>