Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Arts Hill Challenge - Ways To Support Our Arts

Here are a few ways you can support Art Hill.

The 1st, obviously, would be donations. The Norristown Arts Council is currently running an online fundraiser to fund the 5th Annual Arts Hill Festival, and go toward operating costs of the Council. This month, a pledge of matching funds has been made by Gene R. Frank, PhD, and Susan K. Howard. All individual donations between $5 and $50 will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $2500. BUT, if the Arts Council fails to reach its goal of $2500 in individual donations, they will receive no matching funds. The deadline for raising the $2500 is December 20th.

You can help the Norristown Arts Council work towards its mission of making Norristown Arts Hill a destination for all for as little as 5 bucks. If you're so inclined, go to and donate. If you'd rather not donate online, you can send a check to Norristown Arts Council, 208 Dekalb St., Norristown, PA 19401.

Last year, the Arts Hill Festival featured more than 30 free performances and 30 vendors of art, food, crafts and services, with approximately 300 people taking part. They'd like the festival to grow in future years. They have also sponsored the Arts Hill Mural Project, and co-sponsored the Juneteenth, Norristown DanceFest and Movies From The Hill. They're involved with the design and development of the new River Trail Wall.

The Norristown Arts Council has just received its 501(c)3 non-profit status, so they'll be developing a membership of individuals, businesses, non-profits and other organizations. They're looking forward to more regular interaction with the public.

Besides donating, there are other ways you can help grow the arts in Norristown. On Thursday, January 23, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Centre Theater, the Council will hold its Annual Meeting and annual election of members for the Board of Directors. They're looking for new blood. Even if you'd rather not be a Director, you can volunteer for a committee. More information on these positions and how to be considered for them can be found at

Get involved.

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