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Dear Friend of the ARTS,

The Lorain Arts Council is very proud of its accomplishments. As we look back on our fourth year of operations in downtown Lorain and with the opening of our new second gallery, The Elyria Art Depot, in the City of Elyria, we acknowledge that it has been an arduous journey, but a very fulfilling one.

With the success of having started the first Black River Art Walk two years ago, there are now other galleries and downtown merchants hosting new Art Walks on Broadway. The Arts Council is also a part of those Arts Walks and Festivals in downtown Lorain, from the Sidewalk Sale in early spring of 2013 through all of the parades including the International to the final Light Up Lorain and the Christmas Sale in December 2013.

This year we started a new tradition of having children and sometimes adults learn how to craft a handmade Christmas ornament at no cost to them. The ornaments were hung on our Christmas Wish Tree on the corner of Broadway Ave and 8th Street. The best part of this community activity was witnessing the inspirational wishes that were attached to these ornaments.

We pride ourselves in collaborating with the new Follow the Fish group, the Downtown Decorating Committee, the new Downtown Consortium, and the Tourism Council in working together on many projects with the same goal—to bring economic opportunity and prosperity to the City of Lorain.

The opening of the new gallery and art center in Elyria—the Elyria Art Depot—marks the culmination of 2 years of discussions with the mayor of Elyria, the Honorable Holly Brinda. We have formed a working partnership with Mayor Brinda to start an Art Community in the City of Elyria and she is investing part of her salary to cover half of the expenses along with the Lorain Arts Council.  After just six weeks, we are seeing a wonderful response from the artists and residents of Elyria.

On a different note, the Lorain Arts Council is collaborating with the Parish of Sacred Heart Chapel in establishing an Art Challenge to obtain art to adorn the walls and front of the Chapel.

As we have done in past years, we have kept close contact with the school children in the City of Lorain by keeping the arts in their lives. If only in a small way, our annual coloring contest is always a hit as we bring all the children involved to a special ceremony/exhibit where their artwork is displayed and the winners are awarded a prize. It is an inspiring moment when the community comes together to honor the children and encourage their curiosity in the Arts.

We have also implemented our High School Design contest with the winners receiving a $200 scholarship prize and the teacher receiving a $50 gift certificate.  We are launching an ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Lorain Arts Council, to involve the parents, teachers, and concerned residents in finding ways to help bring back the Arts to the school systems. We feel very strongly that all these efforts are in line with our Mission statement: “To Provide, Promote, and Enhance the Arts in Lorain County.”

Obviously, all of these activities require means to get things done, not only the cost of materials, research, and human resources, but the supporting of our organization so we may keep fulfilling our Mission. To that effect, we are respectfully seeking funding or in-kind donations.   We sincerely hope we can count on your organization to help the Arts make a change in the lives of its residents.

We believe that the leaders of today know the power of the Arts to transform a community, creating jobs, income, and a brighter future for all residents. 

Sincerely y gracias,

Antonio Barrios,
President, Latino Arts Council   

P.S. The Lorain Arts Council is having its 4th Annual Fashion Fundraiser on March 22, 2014, from 6pm - 9pm at the newly renovated Lorain County Transportation & Community Center at 40 East Ave. The featured designer Jonathan Anderson (Anderson Couture) was recently interview by Leon Bib on Kaleidoscope and also on Chanel 43 by Boomer. He and the other top Cleveland designer, Andrea Howell, have both participated Invitational Fashion Week shows in New York. The talent is highly quoted and the models are all professional models from Yasin Cuevas (Model Project), Cleveland. The VIP guest is the reigning Queen: Miss Ohio Latina Stefanie Mercado!

¿Preguntas?Call me at 440-320-0295. The Lorain Arts Council is located at 737 Broadway Avenue, Lorain. 


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