Raising the village

The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville believes that a thriving community is one that is measured by its participation in the arts. As part of this belief, the Playhouse recognizes that no single organization can carry a community by itself. While it may take a village to raise a child, who is there to raise the village? Community development can unify concerns, expertise and vision — and in the process create “villages” that cultivate their populations by involving the arts.

Sharing this belief is a group of individuals (known as Friends of the Playhouse) who are interested in working with Parkway Playhouse and local nonprofit staff, volunteers and patrons to develop a strategy exploring and increasing our community’s exposure to the arts.

Through the development of affiliations with other nonprofit organizations in Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Madison and Buncombe counties, designed for the benefit of both groups, the Friends have agreed to sponsor projects that advance these relationships with other nonprofits while concurrently communicating the message of the arts in our area.

These Friends of the Playhouse have already been working with community nonprofit organizations to advance local initiatives while concurrently promoting the theater arts in our community. We’re pleased to say that some of these ventures will be announced very soon! At this time, the group is looking for interested individuals and organizations (both supporters and nonprofit partners) wishing to participate in the initiative.

If you would like to be a part of the Raising the Village community initiative, participate as a Friend of the Playhouse, or work with the Parkway Playhouse as one of our beneficiary nonprofits, please contact us at village@parkwayplayhouse.com for more information.

— Gregory Stella

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