help us reach our goal

What is Giving Tuesday?

It’s a day dedicated to giving back to your community in impactful ways. Coming directly after the post-Thanksgiving shopping days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday asks us to balance our seasonal gift-buying with giving to worthy causes.

This year, the Carroll County Arts Council is dedicating all funds raised on Giving Tuesday to the present and future of our youth arts education programs. We want to bolster our existing youth arts opportunities like our Children’s Theatre Troupe, summer camps, and classes, but we’re also looking to the future. In the next year, we plan to collaborate directly with Carroll County schools to bring quality arts programming directly to students, both onstage or in the classroom. This ambitious approach will ensure that every Carroll County student will have essential arts experiences that enrich, educate, and inspire them.

Double Your Impact!

We’re incredibly excited to share that this year’s campaign will be matched by local State Farm agent Bruce Culver! Bruce and State Farm will be matching up to $2,500 in Giving Tuesday donations, meaning your gift will have DOUBLE the impact. Consider giving $25 to help us reach our $2,500 matching goal.

“I’m honored to be a part of the CCAC’s 2021 Giving Tuesday campaign. My family and I have been enjoying events at the Arts Center since its opening in 2003 and long before that. In fact, my first job was an usher at the old Carroll Theater, so I have always felt a special connection to the building. Thanks for all you do for the community and the opportunity to help support the Arts in Carroll County!”Bruce Culver

Youth Arts Education is Essential

The benefits of an early arts education cannot be overstated. Youth who are involved in the arts are more confident, better critical thinkers, gifted collaborators, and are more motivated to succeed in school (Americans for the Arts). As the cultural hub of Carroll County, the CCAC is a primary entry point to the arts for so many local children and teens. Our youth arts education programs are therefore some of our most important work we do within the community.

CCAC’s Make it and Take it art class

Teaching artists from Chesapeake Shakespeare Company lead drama workshops at FSK and South Carroll high schools, made possible by an Arts in Education grant from the CCAC

A Vision for the Future

You might already be familiar with our current arts education offerings, from visual arts and theatre education classes to our children’s theatre troupe and summer camps. Our goal is to build on this great foundation within the next year by expanding our arts in education programming to reach even more Carroll County students. By working directly with local schools, the Arts Council aims to bring high quality arts programs like touring children’s shows, artists-in-residence, drama workshops, and more directly to their stages and classrooms. Our hope is that students at the elementary, middle, and high school level will receive the early arts experiences that are so essential to their development. This Giving Tuesday, we’re raising the funds that can lay the foundation for this ambitious vision.

How Can You Help?

There are many ways you can participate on Giving Tuesday:

  1. Share why you give to the CCAC on social media with #CCACGivingTuesday. Reflect on your early arts experiences!
  2. Create your own Giving Tuesday Facebook fundraiser for the CCAC. Click here to set up your fundraiser.
  3. Email two people about the Giving Tuesday campaign and encourage them to join you in supporting arts education in Carroll County.
  4. And of course, GIVE on November 30! We know we can count on your generosity

Remember that your gift this year has DOUBLE the impact. Consider giving $25 to help us reach $2,500, to help us reach $5,000!

Thank you for helping us reach our goal!