June, 2013 Dear friend and patron of the arts: For the past twenty-five years, the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University has sponsored an initiative known as the Show Sponsorship Program. This program started as a way to help underwrite our production season by giving donors the chance to “sponsor” a specific show within the University or Strother Theatre season. This program, much like the Department, has evolved and changed drastically over the past ten years. Since I became Chair in 2003, the money raised in the Show Sponsorship Program has been primarily focused on providing much needed scholarship support to our worthy students. This has become increasingly important as our recruitment efforts have gone from a regional endeavor to one that is much more National in scope. As an example, last year the Department saw over 1200 students audition for our theatre and dance programs with over 70% of our BFA students coming from out of state. Thus, scholarship dollars have become paramount in our efforts to further position the Department as a National leader in the training of theatre and dance professionals. This year, with the help of the Department’s newly created Alumni Advisory Board, the Department is pleased to introduce a new program that will help re-focus our supporters on the most valuable asset we have...our talented students. To that end, the Department is introducing an initiative entitled Support our CRAFT. CRAFT stands for Collective Resources Advancing Future Talent. Much like the Show Sponsorship Program, any individual who gives to Foundation Account #8360 (Theatre) or Account #8361 (Dance) will be recognized in all our programs as being an ongoing supporter of the Department. Further, this year we will open up the Support our CRAFT program to include any Foundation Account in the Department that supports scholarship money for students. Theatre and Dance scholarships create experiential learning opportunities and even more artistic achievements for the students. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, class work, departmental participation, and grade point average. Scholarships lessen the load of tuition and fees, and open the door to even more creative and collaborative learning experiences. Often times, the scholarship assistance that students receive from the Department makes the difference between these talented artists pursuing or not pursing their passion. Thanks to our show sponsors last year, we raised almost $28,000 in scholarship funds. The Department and the Theatre and Dance Alumni Advisory Board has set a goal of $35,000 this coming year for the Support our CRAFT program. Further, we also hope that 10% of our Alumni will take part in this worthwhile program during the 2013-2014 school year. There are giving levels to fit everyone's budget in the Show Sponsorship Program: $100 - $299 Friend $300 - $499 Patron $500 - $999 Angel $1,000 - Above Benefactor Show sponsors are recognized for every level of giving in the program of the production of their choice. In addition, Angel and Benefactor level supporters also receive invitations for special Department of Theatre and Dance events. The Department of Theatre and Dance is blessed with loyal and generous supporters who believe in training future artists in the craft of theatre and dance. We invite you to join us as we invest in those students who are our future storytellers, actors, dancers, musicians, teachers, directors, playwrights, and stage managers. To support theatre and dance students and learn more about the Support our CRAFT initiative, please contact Andrea Sadler at 765-285-8740 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Warm regards, Bill Jenkins, Chair Department of Theatre and Dance Ball State University
Theatre and Dance Scholarship Accounts Include the following: 8361-Dance Scholarship 8360-Theatre Scholarship 8364-Gilbert L. Theatre Bloom Scholarship 8365-Lynette Jordan Schisla Dance Scholarship 8368-Lindsay "Spike" Van Dyke Scholarship in Lighting Design and Technology8369-Lou Ann Young Ballet Scholarship 8371-Casazza Family Theatre Scholarship 8307-Edward S. Strother Scholarship FundPlease let us know if you are interested in setting up an endowed or annually funded scholarship account through the Ball State Foundation. Please contact Andrea Sadler at 765-285-8740.
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