Thanks to All Who Helped “10 Weeks Festival” Surpass Goal

The 2010 “10 Weeks Festival” of Springfield area arts events exceeded its goal by raising more than $11,000, which will be shared evenly between the Care to Learn Program for Springfield Public Schools and the Arts in Action endowment fund.

The “10 Weeks Festival” surpassed its $10,000 goal by raising $11,354, with donations coming in throughout June after the official festival events concluded in late May.

The primary fundraising took place at more than 100 performing and visual arts events where patrons contributed $1 or more at a time throughout the 10-week period. This year’s festival also included the first-time “Flights of Fancy” event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Springfield-Branson National Airport in May.

The “Care to Learn” program was created to meet health, hunger and hygiene needs for Springfield Public Schools students.

“The partnership between the arts community and ‘Care to Learn’ strengthens our community not only by serving those in need, but by allowing a new generation to explore their potential through the arts,” Founder Doug Pitt said.

The Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative oversees the Arts in Action education endowment fund at the CFO. The goal is to develop sustainable operational funding sources for the arts and therefore allow Springfield arts agencies to concentrate on presenting quality  programming for the region.