The date was September 30, 2012. Twelve Goodland residents met at a picnic table under the pavilion at MarGood Harbor Park. Their goal: to promote the arts, music and history that make Goodland what it is today. On that day, just over one year ago, the “darling dozen” formed the Goodland Arts Alliance, and now the non-profit has officially obtained its 501(c)3 status.
Getting the ball rolling wasn’t easy, but with the help of many knowledgable and experienced philanthropists, lawyers, artists and accountants, the GAA became a licensed non-profit within the state of Florida. The first step in this process was to create a mission statement. After much thought and consideration, the mission of the Goodland Arts Alliance is: To preserve, promote, and advance the cultural presence in the Village of Goodland through art, history, and education.
The GAA then began working with the county in hopes to establish a permanent home at the place where the founding members first met – the county-owned MarGood Harbor Park. Commissioner Donna Fiala and regional manager for Collier County Parks and Recreation Department, Nancy Olson, worked tirelessly with the GAA to move forward in the ability to use the park as a site for an inaugural art festival.
The Inaugural Harbor Arts and Music Festival was held on March 10 of 2013. It was a smashing success! The park was decorated with colored streamers; white tents lined the sidewalks with fine arts of all kinds. Goodland and Marco musicians lent their time to provide music, and volunteers were ready, willing and able.It was a wonderful community effort.
As word spread, more members joined. After all, the GAA is not only about Goodland, but all of the arts and all types of artists. Anyone is welcome to become a member; be it artist or art lover, Goodland resident or not.
After the success of the first show, it was time to get to work on the 501(c)3 status. Thanks to another wonderful and intelligent resident of Goodland, the paperwork was finally able to be filed. First the by-laws had to be finished, of course. Then a corporate purpose was to be laid out.
The corporate purpose: To establish a permanent home for the GAA for the purpose of promoting a cultural presence in the Village of Goodland; to educate the public regarding the rich history of the Village of Goodland and surrounding environment; to provide art education and outreach services to those who might not otherwise have access to the arts; to connect arts organizations, artists, galleries, and arts educators with one another, with local audiences, and with tourism-related businesses.
Within MarGood Harbor Park sits four historic fishing cottages which were salvaged by the county as it remodeled the park. Money ran out to fix up the little cottages, and they were fenced off to be dealt with when funds became available. The GAA’s eventual goal is to utilize these cottages as the permanent home of the organization.
Just imagine… art lessons, music nights, a studio displaying works of GAA members, historical reenactments, yoga classes, old movie nights and more.
This is why the GoodlandArt Alliance is incredibly proud to announce that after the promised 90 day wait by the IRS (plus two weeks added during the government shutdown), the organization was approved as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
Everyone knows what that little (c) stands for… tax write-off! So donate early and donate often! Or simply become a member. Individual memberships are $25 and family memberships are $35 for the year. Bronze, Silver and Gold sponsorships are available as well. To learn more visit Facebook and search Goodland Art Alliance (you do not need a Facebook account to view the page). You may also contact me. As Treasurer of the board, I would be happy to give you the proper forms for memberships and upcoming art shows. Email me at email@example.com.
The GAA’s next show is the Member’s Arts and Crafts Show. Strictly for GAA members, the show will feature works from artists as far east as Everglades City and up through North Naples. Become a member and you too could be in the show. Memberships and entries are due by January 5. Again, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the information.
The Second Annual Harbor Arts and Music Festival is set for March 9, 2014. This juried art show is open to anyone, member or not. As a juried show, there are limited spaces and entries must be approved by a panel of artists. Time is running out to register for this show is well.
Bottom line: We are now a 501(c)3; come help us recognize our dream! Just email me… you know the address by now.