East Texas Giving Day

East Texas Giving Day 2022

Find out more about East Texas Giving Day at www.EastTexasGivingDay.org/WCA

Winnsboro Center for the Arts engages people in the arts through educational programming, cultural experiences, and entertainment. Every year we have numerous music and theater productions, festivals and special events, classes, private lessons, and workshops that serve Winnsboro and the surrounding areas. Our vision is to integrate the arts into community life. We are expanding our educational programming to provide more opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds in East Texas.

Your generous donations help us to expand our educational programming for both youth and adult learners in our community. We recognize the benefits of arts education and the art of literature for people of all ages but especially for our youth. Not only does it bring intrinsic enjoyment and new skill development, but it also encourages creativity and critical thinking, communication and expressive skills, and personal and social development. Research has shown that there are academic benefits and an overall positive impact on the local community associated with exposure to the arts.

Funds raised on East Texas Giving Day on April 26, 2022 went directly to support the 2022 Winnsboro Festival of Books on May 7. The mission of our annual book festival is to bring readers and writers together to share in a myriad of adventures that books offer as they expand knowledge, spark imagination, and encourage life-long learning for people of all ages. Author panels discussed a variety of genres while children’s activities took place throughout the day including hosting children’s authors, storytime art activities, a bookmark design contest, and free books for children. There were also activities for people with special needs and their families including a community drum circle and an author panel that explored books relating to special needs. The funds raised on East Texas Giving Day helped provide this free community event.

We greatly appreciate all who donated. We raised $5,292 for the Winnsboro Festival of Books! We’d like to especially thank our matching fund donors, Finder’s Keepers on Main and Winnsboro Hardware. It is because of your support that we can provide such wonderful events for a thriving literary arts community!