Dear donors and friends,
We know that we can always count on our many wonderful friends and artists to support our mission, which provides a multitude of cultural benefits to our community. There are many good reasons to support the arts but as a reminder I am listing just a few for you to consider.
1. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us, fostering creativity, goodness and beauty. They help us to express our values, build bridges between cultures and bring us together regardless of our ethnicity, religion or age. When times are tough, the arts are salve for the ache. One only has to step in to the cool interior of our Gallery and experience a world of beauty, tranquility and creativity. We suggest that you observe one of the children’s art classes or visit the Artists’ Open Studios on a 1st Saturday morning and get personally acquainted with our artists, their methods and inspirations.
2. The arts improve academic performance. These benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Students with arts or music training score 100 points better on their SAT scores. With the dramatic cuts in funds for arts programs in our schools, Studio Channel Islands is filling a niche by bringing the kids to the studios for tours and hands on experiences. The summer camp provides classes in all forms of artistic expressions. We continue to work hand in hand with the Pleasant Valley School District to provide more opportunities for arts education.
3. Arts are the cornerstone of tourism. Art travelers are ideal tourists. They stay longer and spend more. Having a cultural destination point in Camarillo’s Old Town is good for our local merchants. Our goal is to continue to work with local businesses to increase awareness about the “hidden treasure”, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, in Camarillo.
Visit our membership page to review the newly added benefits for artist members and conveniently sign up or renew online. Check out the attractive package we put together for our business membership! Contact us if you have any questions.
We send our sincere appreciation for your continuing support.
Pat Richards Dodds, Founder
Studio Channel Islands Art Center