The AFA Fund Drive
The annual AFA Fund Drive is a major fundraising event to help keep the arts strong in our community and schools. This is especially important in these times of limited public funding of the arts and elimination of art teachers in the schools. Member arts organizations in Lawton accomplish this task with the help of funds raised by Arts for All events. The member groups include: The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Lawton Community Theater, The Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society, The Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild, and the Lawton/Ft. Sill Art Council. During the AFA Fund Drive, volunteers seek donations from individual citizens, businesses, and area arts supporters to help fostert the arts in Lawton.
The Fund Drive kicks-off with a festive luncheon in February every year. It features good food, a noted guest speaker, and individual awards recognizing the special arts accomplishments of some members of the community.
One of the major fund raising events each year is the Arts for All Festival, a community-wide arts event held in May of each year. Area businesses have been instrumental in supporting the AFA Festival through sponsorships, which typically help raise up to $30,000 a year. In turn, the publicity given to sponsors helps local businesses reach between 30,000 and 40,000 people who attend this three-day outdoor festival in Shepler Park.
Please contact the Arts for All office (580) 248-5384 for information on how to become a sponsor or to make a donation. By supporting the arts you are supporting the community.