The Geneva Lake Art Association (GLAA) is changing!...
the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc. (GLAF)
a 501c3 organization!
The Geneva Lake Art Association Inc., which has been a mainstay for the arts community since 1947, will dissolve as of December 31, 2014 and reorganize as The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Inc., as of January 1, 2015.
The GLAA, as it was commonly known, was an association formed for the purpose of encouraging individual artistic growth and excellence, while fostering community appreciation of Fine Arts through the arrangement of frequent public shows, monthly programs, lectures, demonstrations and workshops.
Through the years, the volunteer organization, under the direction of an elected board of directors and chairs, sponsored the Annual Art in the Park Art Fair, as well as being involved with cooperative sponsorships, such as, with the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Paint-In in downtown Lake Geneva, as well as various joint projects with the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater (Arts Alive) and the Lake Geneva Symphony, to encourage and support all forms of the arts and cultural activities. Funding was provided through membership dues, fund raisers and the proceeds from Art in the Park.
In order to continue the mission of the Geneva Lake Art Association in the future, the GLAA Board of Directors decided to dissolve the current association and contribute its assets to a newly formed 501c3 federally exempt organization known as the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation.
The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation (GLAF) was determined to be a public charity and officially approved by the IRS in July. In order to put in place all the necessary requirements for recordkeeping, reporting, and disclosure, the decision was made to activate the organization’s operations as of January 2015, when the GLAA is dissolved.
The mission of GLAF will be to emulate the spirit of the former arts association, but to widen the breadth and scope of its original purpose; to include activities directed at the public in all age groups; to offer classes, workshops, exhibits, lectures, demonstrations and programs to increase awareness of the arts, in general; to work together with other 501c3 organizations in the surrounding communities to further art appreciation.
Any current GLAA Member who would like to join the GLAF can do so at any time prior to January 1, 2015. Also, note, the GLAF will accept application from individuals 14 – 18 years of age, with parental consent, as well as those individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting our mission or volunteer for any of our activities. Please call 262-249-7988 with any questions you may have about the new organization and leave a message.
All donations to the organization will go towards the achievement of these goals and are tax deductible to the extent allowed under the current IRS regulations. Contributions are currently being accepted at The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 623 Lake Geneva, WI 53147.