Give the Gift of ART
Why Donate to the GLAF?
The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Inc.(GLAF) is a non-for- profit organization (501c3), formed for the purpose of encouraging individual artistic growth and excellence, as well as increasing community exposure to the visual arts.
Through our on going art education curriculum, student award programs, and guest artist workshops, our goal is to provide opportunities for the artist to develop their skills and talents. We also foster community appreciation of the Fine Arts in the Geneva Lake area by arranging frequent public exhibits, monthly programs, lectures, demonstrations, and public art festivals in local public and private businesses.
We are a volunteer organization under the direction of an elected board and appointed chairs, which supports and encourages all forms of art and cultural activities.
Founded in 1947 as the Geneva Lake Art Association (GLAA), the organization was formed for the purpose of getting individuals together to encourage individual artistic growth and excellence, not only for themselves, but also for the community. GLAA formed a corporation in 1990 and operated as a federally exempt nonprofit until 2011.
As an all-volunteer organization under the direction of an elected board of directors, the organization supported all forms of art and cultural activities. Funding came from membership dues, gallery fees, sponsors and fundraising events.
In 2013, through a membership vote the decision was made to seek 501c3 status, thus evolving into the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc. (2014)
As a 501c3 GLAF continues to encourage the arts in the community as well as the individual artist. We do this not only by presenting our own programs and activities but by also working with other organizations and non-profits. Some of our past activities have included:
- Geneva Lake Museum –Victorian Christmas art activity for children.
- Lake Geneva Library –Art activities with LG public schools in conjunction with the Big Read.
- UW-Whitewater – Young student art exhibit at Horticultural Hall for the Big Read project.
- Lake Geneva Symphony-art exhibit at concert.
- Lake Geneva/Genoa City area Girl Scouts –workshops at our gallery for Girl Scout Drawing Badge.
Our goal is to continue to work with the community and the artist by bringing programs and opportunities to them. The Arts are essential to society. What we see, wear, live in, hear, are all affected by the arts as an artist has created the vision, sound or experience. Studies have found that the arts affect not only our brain and the way we learn and think, but also our physical being. The arts not only help the school child and toddler develop problem solving and thinking skills but also the adult.The art experience not only helps us to develop technical skills but also the ability for each of us to interpret the world around us in the form of creativity.
GLAF goals for the future are to increase not only our programs for the individual artist and community, but also our visibility. With funding we hope to support our art instructors and build our classroom offerings, as well as support and make more visible our out of gallery exhibits in Lake Geneva and the surrounding communities. With funding we will also be able to provide our artists with improved gallery and exhibit experience and to continue to bring art and art appreciation experiences to our community.
Your Support Makes an Impact
Did you know...
- 78% of leisure travelers include arts and culture activities in their trips and they stay longer and spend more money than other tourists.
- A higher concentration of arts and culture organizations leads to higher civic engagement, lower poverty rates, more social cohesion and higher child welfare.
- The presence of artists and arts organizations in the community increases attractiveness of area to tourists, businesses, people (esp. high-skill workers) and investments.
- Direct involvement in the arts reduces delinquency in high risk youth.
- Direct involvement in the arts builds social capital by getting people involved, by connecting organizations to each other and by giving participants experience in organizing and working with local government and nonprofits.