According to Artists Enclave Of Denton County Board Of Governors Past President Susan Carol Davis,
“I enjoy driving down less traveled roads en route to a vacation destination. There is much to see that holds my attention longer than a billboard would like wildflowers, native plants, a fruit stand, grazing animals and usually, several boarded up wooden buildings almost hidden in overgrown grass and weeds. Every now and then I’ll see people working hard in the heat to restore those neglected properties. Were these farm homes, storage sheds or once prosperous family-owned businesses abandoned when rural route traffic shifted to the interstate highway?
“Whatever the case may be, relics of days gone by find their way to antique stores and someone’s fireplace mantel.
“Consider the artists in North Texas whose literal and figurative doors closed during the pandemic. How like neglected properties and priorities did they find themselves to be? Traffic into art venues of all kinds diminished in 2020. There was certainly wear and tear on our spirits as artisans and art patrons.
“With enthusiasm and strategic planning, North Texas Giving Day promoted two significant fundraising opportunities during 2020 which made a big difference for Artists Enclave of Denton County. AEDC hosted two virtual exhibits for musicians, poets, and visual artists: Electric Eclectic and Creative Shelter. Our members received Nest Egg Funds that kickstarted dream projects in the visual and performance arts. Artists Enclave kept going forward in the most constructive, safest ways we could for our community throughout 2020. Our traditional in-person fundraising events were on hold so what NTGD campaigns offered to Artists Enclave was more than life support. North Texas Giving Day donations from supporters made it possible for Artists Enclave to head into 2021 with a stable financial foundation for the new year.”
* Photo credit: Emily McClure ** Graphic provided by Artists Enclave of Denton County *** Photo credit: Susan Carol Davis
In 12 years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $375 million into the North Texas community. In 2020, more than $58.8 million was raised through more than 106,000 donors benefiting over 3,200 area nonprofits.