On the 40th anniversary season of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA), Flushing Town Hall was given the challenge of raising $40,000 in new or increased donations by February 2019, and as a result, an anonymous donor will match that with another $40,000.
The FCCA, located at Flushing Town Hall, was founded in 1979 to be a revitalizing force for its community, a catalyst for developing and promoting the visual and performing arts in Queens, and a bridge to promote intercultural understanding through the arts in the most culturally diverse county in the United States.
“This is a challenge we’re excited to take on,” said Ellen Kodadek, Flushing Town Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “It’s not every day that an institutional supporter presents such an offer. We're confident that many of those people, from Queens and beyond, who have enjoyed Flushing Town Hall will step up and show their support.
“Every dollar not only counts, but will be doubled,” Kodadek said.
The donor, whose full identity has not been provided to Flushing Town Hall, is described as a patron of the arts. A member of Flushing Town Hall’s Board of Trustees served as the conduit for the offer.
“I hope this challenge motivates others to see what I do: an institution that presents with a passion and a purpose, that opens its doors to everyone, that celebrates diversity, and creates community,” the donor said through the Board Trustee.
The challenge will only apply to any new or increased contributions, and not to any pre-existing financial commitments, from individuals, foundations, and businesses. The $40,000 must be raised within six months. The deadline is February 28, 2019.
The funding will help Flushing Town Hall continue to provide free and affordable programming that provides global arts to a global community. Each season, Flushing Town Hall brings artists from across the world to perform in Queens.
In recent years, the venue also began offering free admission to teenagers, to spur their engagement with the arts, as part of a Teen Access Program.
To make a contribution, visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donate to make a contribution.