CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES!
Toward our Goal of:
Donations: $56,344.24 (57.5%)
Toward our Goal of: $98,000.00
What does the Annual Fund do?
In 2019 - 2020 it funded:
- 475 students from White County Schools, plus teachers, staff, parents and volunteers coming to Celebrate the Arts, a day-long event produced in conjunction with national Exceptional Children's Week demonstrating that Everyone is Exceptional through the Arts.
- 11,900 visitors attending WinterFest 2020, a cooperative venture with the Fireside Arts & Crafts Show (Unicoi State Park & Lodge), the Helen Winter Art Festival (Helen Arts & Heritage Center), and the Sautee Nacoochee Arts Festival. The Economic impact of the event returned $383,000 in revenues and taxes to the White County community.
- 49,800 students, visitors, and families participating in, enjoying, engaging with programs over 12 months in a county with a population of 30,000.
- The creation, release and promotion of Explore Helen & Sautee Nacoochee, a free, downloadable phone app that presents the history and heritage of White County as narrated by John Lumsden and the distribution of a driving tour in the form of a 12-panel, full color brochure.
- The mounting of a nationally significant exhibit in the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia of the works of Dave Drake, poet, potter and slave.
- The celebration of Juneteenth and Black History Month with interpretive programs at the African American Heritage Site and Blacksmith Shop.
- 500-plus people reached on every Facebook post about the flora and ecology of the Native Peace Garden.
- The reopening of the Center on June 1 after 11 weeks of COVID-19 shutdown, following the CDC and OSHA Guidelines for Phase 2 Opening as defined by the State of Georgia. The Center continues to put the safety of families, students, visitors, volunteers, and staff at the forefront of its operation.