Why You Should be an Arts Council Board Member

Rosemary Duch | October 1, 2017

I’d like to give you three reasons to be a Board Member of the Arts Council. I’ve been a board member for two terms and have seen the benefits to our community, especially children. Here’s why I think you should consider Board Membership:

  1. You Get Involved
    Being an Arts Council Board Member helped me know what was happening in my community. Plus, I was able to meet new people, outside of my usual social group. If you’re young and starting your career, this could be a way to grow your business or meet new people, or if you’re older, the Arts Council could be a way to give back to your community, know what’s happening, and you could provide your insights and unique expertise.
  2. You Directly Benefit the Community
    A big reason why I became involved with the Arts Council is that its programs often benefit children. Children are able to attend many of the Arts Council events for free through their school, like the Thodos Dance performance last November. Students from the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired were allowed to go on stage and touch props and other items related to the show, which was quite a unique experience. The programs expose many children to ideas and experiences they might not otherwise receive.
  3. You Choose the Programs
    As a member of the Arts Council Board, I can help choose what programs and events come to Aberdeen. If you’ve thought Aberdeen needs a specific event or program, you could join the board and voice your opinion. You could be a part of bringing new or different artistic programs to Aberdeen.

If Board Membership isn’t for you, there are other ways you can help the Arts Council. We have general membership, which actually benefits you too with things like early notifications and reduced price tickets, and the membership donation goes directly to many of the programs that Aberdonians enjoy like Arts in the Park. You can also volunteer your time at the events or in the office too. There are many ways you can help and you don’t even need to be an artist to be involved, which I am not!

If you are considering getting involved with the Arts Council please contact Stacy at 605-226-1557 or artscouncil@nvc.net. We would greatly appreciate your support. Also, thank you to all who have donated, served as Board Members, and who have volunteered for the Arts Council. Your support has made the Arts Council’s programs and events possible.

About the Author

Rosemary Duch has been a member of the Aberdeen community since 1978. She’s been married to her husband, Michael, for 36 years. Together they’ve raised three children in Aberdeen and she’s been a stay-at-home mom who has a special interest in the arts.