On Tuesday, Oct. 22, ArtsGreensboro announced a $1 million goal for its 2020 ArtsFund Campaign.

Former Senator Kay Hagan and Chip Hagan will serve as the honorary co-chairs of that effort.

The ArtsFund money will be used by ArtsGreensboro to further the organization’s mission as well as to “support its grant programs, provide technical assistance and shared services, and to market and promote the entire arts and culture community.”

ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Laura Way stated in a press release that financial support for the arts shows up – many times over – in benefits to the local economy.

“Art is a public good, and it is our job to help each member of our community feel as if they have access to, and are included in, the vibrant art scene that is Greensboro,” Way stated.  “We know support from ArtsGreensboro has a multiplier effect.  The collective impact of 23 organizations receiving a portion of their funding through our 2018 Mission and Project Grant Programs was $41.7 million in economic impact.”

The group kicked off the $1-million effort with an “Art Does a Public Good” reception at Dance Project Studio 323 in the Greensboro Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro.  That event included live painting by artist Raman Bhardwaj, music by Triad Ukulele, and a dance demonstration by Dance Project.

Like Way, Chip Hagan emphasized the importance of the arts in a community.

“Kay and I believe in the power of the arts and value its impact on our city and citizens,” Hagan said.  “We are happy to be part of supporting the ArtsFund.”