Arts Place Legacy Campaign

What started as a humble foreign film series has grown into a thriving arts community.

For half a century Arts Place has been dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves access to the arts—and each of us has the potential for artistic expression.

We work toward this mission by providing much-needed arts education for kids, adults, and seniors. We celebrate creativity together during Arts in the Parks. We bring in world-renowned performers. We’ve expanded our reach throughout the region with three distinct centers. And we offer scholarships to ensure our programs are open to all.

An investment in the campaign is a lasting legacy for our community.

Now, in true rural American fashion, we must come together to preserve and grow the birthplace and cornerstone of Arts Place, our beloved Portland Center. We are seeking to raise $2.4 million with our new capital campaign.

This will allow us to expand the building to accommodate the growth of our programs and offerings. We will be dedicating a new public art piece to celebrate our community and address critical structural issues, to secure the future of this rare gem: The Portland Center.

Can we count on your support?

Supporting the Legacy Campaign is simple. Gifts and pledges can be made in person, by mail or online through our secure donation page.

For a fun and unique way to leave your legacy, consider one of the following giving opportunities.

Adorn Autumn’s Walkway
As a part of the Legacy Campaign, Tuck Langland’s sculpture Autumn will be relocated to the front of the Portland Center. A mosaic, designed specifically to complement Autumn, will be created on the walkway leading up to the sculpture. In honor of your $2,500 gift, an individual tile will be placed, and your sponsorship will be recognized on a nearby plaque.
Autumn’s Walkway Donation Form

Sponsor a Seat
Since its start with a small film series, Arts Place has offered great entertainment for over fifty years. Let’s keep the tradition going for decades to come. In honor of your $1,000 gift to the Legacy Campaign, your name will be engraved on a high-quality nameplate, on the seat of your choice in the Hall-Moser Theatre. You don’t have to stop with one. Consider sponsoring a pair of seats, or one or each member of your family.
Theatre Seat Donation Form

Donate a Destination
We all love to visit Arts Place, but where is your next favorite place to be? In honor of your $500 gift to the Legacy Campaign, your favorite destination will be displayed on a unique directional sign which will be installed on the grounds of the Portland Center. A plaque will be displayed crediting all sign sponsors.
Destination Sign Donation Form

Give a Brick
Let the world know how much you love Arts Place. In honor of your $250 gift to the Legacy Campaign, your name will be engraved on a brick and displayed near the Autumn sculpture which will be relocated to the grounds leading to the front entrance of the Portland Center. In the spirit of leaving a legacy, consider donating a brick in honor of each of your children or grandchildren.
Brick Donation Form

To participate in one of these unique opportunities, stop into Arts Place or mail  completed forms to:

Arts Place, Inc.
131 E. Walnut St.
P.O. Box 804
Portland, IN 47371

An investment in this campaign is an investment in our collective future. Here are just a few examples of how this rare gem has a profound impact on our community.

Human Potential
Violin lessons. Theatre productions. Ceramics classes. These are opportunities that expand minds and teach new skills. They impact and inspire us all. It’s the chance to be the star for a kid who might not be into sports. It’s the passionate creative outlet for a factory worker who didn’t discover their dream until later.

Economic Development
By offering unparalleled arts experiences and education for a town of our size, Arts Place is playing its part to make Jay County an attractive place to live, work, relocate a business, or visit.

Civic Pride
Jay County is a very proud community. We support one another and take pleasure in our collective successes. For 50 years, Arts Place has brought neighbors together, put smiles on the faces of our children and friends, and provided countless experiences that have made our community proud and truly unique.

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