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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kathleen38

Client Served

Rating: 5

The San Pedro River Arts Council partnered with the Friends of the Benson Library to make a very special program available to the children of our community in March of 2012. They have also assured us of financial support for a similar program in 2013. In addition, their Vice-President, an accomplished graphic artist, designed a logo for our organization, at no cost to us, that we use on our stationery, banners, and business cards. This has helped us to have a recognizable image to present to the public in our fund-raising and outreach programs. Their willingness to help us in our efforts to expand our programs and presence in the community has been invaluable. In a small community like ours, it is refreshing to have such cooperation from another non-profit organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Benson and the surrounding areas have profited greatly by the San Pedro River Arts Council. The Council raises awareness of arts with the children in our area, as well as giving local artists a chance to display and sell their work through events they put on. Currently they are offering art to middle and high school students in an area where art has been removed from the school. It is an honor for me to be on the Board of such a community oriented organization.

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Don_ 11/27/2012

Cheryl, thank you for a sterling review. It is a pleasure to work with you and the folks at the San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society.

Pat_25

Client Served

Rating: 5

The San Pedro River Arts Council.supported the children's program the Frinds of the Library conducted last year through a financial donation as well as artistic support. Through their work, citizens of Benson have the opportunity to participate in activities that are informative as well as enjoyable. I have had the opportunity to work with volunteers from the Council and have found them to be knowledgeable and eager to support us in our work.

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Don_ 11/18/2012

Pat, thank you for your review and we will do what we can to support childhood education. Don

Sylvia.Burnside

Advisor

Rating: 5

Art has always been part of my life. I was among the few that started the San Pedro River Arts Council, some years ago, and served as its President. The Arizona Desert is a place where Art thrives with the help of solid volunteers who simply cannot let it die. The San Pedro River Arts Council has adjusted its programs as its volunteers have come and gone. The creativity of these folks has made this small organization flourish and survive. No one is paid a salary. The Council is assisted by State and Local government programs that recognize that Art is a necessity, not a pastime and by the exciting programs to which people contribute. Although I no longer live in Arizona, I still consider myself a dedicated member, and will be as long as the San Pedro Arts Council exists. Its purpose and dedication in making sure that the Arts are alive and well for as many artists and students of all skills and ages as want to partake is a noble one and worthy of recognition for its contribution to the arts in this small corner of the world.

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Don_ 11/17/2012

Sylvia, thanks for the review. You got us off to a good start. Don

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with the San Pedro Arts Council as a volunteer for the last several years and their contribution to our small community has been very valuable. Without them our community would not have an active Arts community. They have worked well with the other volunteer groups in the community to maximize the common resource pool. They have reached out to the local school to sponsor a high school and middle school arts club when the school no longer offered an Arts class as part of its program.

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Don_ 11/17/2012

Thank you for your review and your volunteer work. Volunteers play such a critical role in the success of our programs, whether it be instructing at an after-school art club meeting or helping us produce an event. I cannot say thank you enough. Don

William20

Board Member

Rating: 4

The San Pedro River Arts Council (SPRAC) serves the small rural communities of Benson and St David in Arizona. Both of these communities are underserved from an arts perspective. SPRAC is the only organization in these areas engaging residents through a local arts show, rotating art exhibits, Kids’ Days program and art education. In particular, SPRAC sponsors middle school and high school art clubs for the St David School District as they totally discontinued art education due to funding cutbacks. SPRAC provides supplies and instructors to small groups of enthusiastic students. I think SPRAC is a great asset to these communities!

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Don_ 11/17/2012

Bill, your work as treasurer and leading the middle school art club is greatly appreciated. We would be stranded up that proverbial creek without your presence and guidance. Writing or saying "thank you" is grossly inadequate. Don

Client Served

Rating: 5

St. David Unified School District has faced some hard economic times. We are a small High School but have always valued what the arts add to education. When our past art teacher retired we were not able to to hire a new full time art teacher. We were able to offer a few periods of art with a non-qualified teacher. As a district we were worried about this and we reached out for help from the San Pedro River Arts Council. With there assistance and the beginning of an after school art club we were able to offer a stellar program and continue to see the impact art can have on a child. Once again we were faced with some personnel changes which led to the loss of art being taught in during the day. Being very concerned about this San Pedro River Arts Council working with me ensured that the students in grade 6-12 would continue to have an opportunity to have art touch their lives. The Arts council provides the needed supplies and the guest artists that come in and instruct and our students during the after school club once each week. They ensure that the students are given the opportunity that could not be offered in our small school. I cannot express what this has meant to our students who were facing school without the opportunity to express themselves and learn through art. I would welcome all to our school to see the generosity and professionalism of the San Pedro River Arts Council.

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Don_ 11/17/2012

Mark, Thank you for a great review. Such recognition by the district superintendent is noteworthy. We get a lot of pleasure from seeing the art club members' appreciation grow for the visual arts. We have some club members who are very serious about the club meetings, they actively participate and do voluntary "homework" they share with the other members. Who knows, there may be a future noted artist in the group. We may have a Georgia O'Keeffe or Ansel Adams in our midst. Don

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a San Pedro River Arts Council board member my viewpoint may be considered biased and perhaps it is, but I am so proud of what we have accomplished in a relatively short period. One of the things I am most proud of is our dedication to serving our communities through our support of after school programs.

Saint David is a rural community about seven miles south of Benson, AZ with a total school population between 450 and 500 students. In partnership with the Saint David School District, last year the San Pedro River Arts Council (SPRAC) sponsored an after school Art Club which included middle school and high school students.

This year the Saint David School District dropped all funding for the art program in its schools. Left with no art program for district students, SPRAC decide to continue with the program providing all necessary funding as well as volunteer artists who coordinate an oversee the entire program. The students we serve have been extremely appreciative of our efforts and one student even declared the "art club was her favorite day of the week".

Shryl Miles
Vice President
SPRAC

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Don_ 11/18/2012

Shryl, it goes without saying that you are a valuable asset to the Arts Council. Not only from your energy and involvement but also for your challenge to ideas. Your challenges make for a better outcome and a better organization. Please keep it up. Don

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member artist for several years of SPRAC. During this time I have attended meetings and have shown art in the annual Cochise College sponsored show. All of these events have been handled in a professional manner and provided the community with a wonderful experience. The volunteers and directors do a fine job of supporting it's members, providing a venue for local artist on their website and venues for displaying the members art. It is a valuable asset to the community. Fred Ruth, member

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Pedro River Arts Council supports art of all sorts to the rural communities of Benson and St. David. They sponsor an after school art program for children. They are the reason there is art here at all!!

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Don_ 11/18/2012

Thank you for your review. Bit by bit we garner more volunteers. Your and the other volunteers do so much, All we need is to perfect cloning and we will be all set. So thank you for your work too. Don