I wrote the story about it in last week’s paper, but it’s sticking with me. The amount’s a solid amount, and no small chunk of change, especially today.
Rotary Clubs across the world have a solid record for philanthropy. This is going above and beyond, and maybe even more importantly, keeps the money in the community for a project that will benefit every resident.
The Children’s Art Center ostensibly serves children by its name, but the reality is everyone in Marshall County will benefit from a first-class facility. While children will have plenty of chances to enroll in visual and performing arts, you ask any member of the Marshall County Arts Commission, programs will be available for adults, too.
Think of it. If you have an interest in painting or ceramics, you might be able to take a class. I haven’t got much of a flair for visual arts. Even my stick men look pretty horrible. But I can appreciate art when it’s on display.
One of my favorite places in Trigg County is the Janice Mason Art Museum. When I worked in Trigg, I saw some art that would be the envy of galleries in Lexington and Louisville. It’s my hope, and my understanding, that the Children’s Art Center will have space to display some beautiful creations. I can’t wait.
Even when my stick figures come up lame, there may still be programs of interest to me right here in Marshall County. I enjoy acting, and think a theater workshop would be a lot of fun.
Faces of Marshall County has a great idea. Their campaign slogan is, “We are Marshall County and we cover our kids.” Funding in the Marshall County Arts Commission’s grant was insufficient to build a cover over the driveway, so the community is stepping up. They will see the results from their campaign every time a child, adult or maybe even one of their own steps into the Art Center and stays dry.
And Rotary? To meet the Faces campaign up to halfway with a matching donation of up to $12,500? The members have outdone themselves as always.
This is a great contribution to the community. I think of all that Rotary does with scholarships, its service projects, the Youth Services Fund and their philanthropy with seniors and children. Their support helps your neighbors and our county’s children. Again, Rotarians, heck-of-a-job!