A beautiful table that also helps ACT-GT

This exquisite conference-size table is for sale and the proceeds will benefit the work of ACT-GT. ACT-GT would especially like to thank Ann Freckelton ASID of ACF Designs LLC — a residential and commercial interior design studio in Traverse City — for her most generous gift! The table, by Lexington, is in excellent condition, a Tower Place Drake Oval, with walnut veneer and soft rose gold accents on the legs. It seats 10 people (chairs not included in the sale), with a maximum size, including two leaves, of 130 inches. All proceeds go to Artists Creating Together - Grand Traverse, a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with disabilities in northwest Lower Michigan through the arts ... movement, music, dance, visual art, puppetry, storytelling and drama. The table retails for $3,299, but we're offering it for auction with a minimum bid of $2,000. To make your bid, call Dayna Ryan, (231) 947-1278 or Dee Smith, (231) 883-3388 or email ACT-GT. Shipping or transporting of the table is not...
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Gearing up for a great 2015 — with your help

This past year was filled with fun and creativity for ACT-GT artists, teachers and leaders. Thank you so much for your support, your time and your inspiration. Teacher Donna Novak sums up the ACT-GT benefits nicely: “Our eight Traverse City High School students had a blast … they are still smiling about their experiences.” Last year's “January Jump Start” effort raised much-needed funds that allowed us to increase workshops, classes, Kids on the Block presentations and adult programs. We had an enormous presence at this year’s National Cherry Festival, enjoyed a Halloween party and the Festival of Trees and we’ve grown our collaborations throughout the community, partnering with educators, businesses and schools. In all, more than 3,000 people with disabilities benefitted from ACT-GT. We never could have done it without you. “ACT is not only a difference-making program, it is run by first-class people who have rock-solid reputations in our community,” said Nick Edson, of Cherryland Electric Cooperative. We’re heading into 2015 with more plans, more ideas and more fun in...
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The benefits and joys of year-end giving

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is the busiest time of charitable giving for a reason (tax deductions). But it is also a time of year when we're all feeling charitable in general, to each other and humankind and, we hope, nonprofits. Providing opportunities for people of all abilities to express their creativity and explore adaptive arts experiences is the mission of ACT-GT. Whether it's a workshop in watercolor painting, a drumming class, or a dance event, ACT-GT brings people with disabilities together to learn and grow through art. A year-end donation will "Give ACT a Hand" and provide expanded programming in 2015. $60 sponsors four adaptive art or dance classes for one adult $100 sponsors on "Kids on the Block" performance. $200 provides four guest artist visits in a special education classroom. $200 sponsors one seasonal community dance. $500 sponsors an eight-week artist-in-residency program (art, music, dance) in a special education classroom. Please be generous during this giving season. You can mail checks to 1101 Red Drive,...
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Great grant news

We recently received two grants that we're just thrilled about. First, a big thank you to the Youth Advisory Council at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation for a $1,500 grant for our programming. Second, we're thrilled to announce that we were awarded a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) grant for $3,200! "We're gratified that the community continues to support and value arts education for people with disabilities," said Dayna Ryan, executive director of ACT-GT. "We're happy to be the group that makes this happen." The money will be used to provide winter artist-in-residence programs for special education students in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD). Last year, our programs benefited more than 85 students in 12 classrooms. This winter, we're planning to bring aboard potter Phil Wilson, multimedia artist Marcia Borell, drama instructor Deni Don-Hunting, and martial arts instructor Chris Pline. Classes will be held beginning in January. The grants will not only provide for instruction, but supplies as...
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