Weaving the fabric of a community . . . one thread at a time
Each of us is an individual thread with its own unique composition and color. Woven together, the resulting fabric is indeed a beautiful tapestry that tells a community’s story.
You are a vital part of the fabric of RRCAA. Whether a patron, a student, or a lover of the arts, you bring a vibrancy to this organization, empowering us to be a vital part of the community, strengthening the fabric of our community as we collaborate with neighbors, businesses and organizations in our area.
Read on and be inspired about other like-minded organizations who also believe in the power of a tightly-knit community. Then get involved and become a part of that fabric by giving a gift to RRCAA, knowing your gift makes all the difference.
A strong thread in the community’s fabric is the Madison Public Library with Nancy Currie as director and fiscal officer.
As educational resources in the community, the Madison Public Library and RRCAA have worked together for years providing fine arts opportunities to people in Northeast Ohio. From the Annual Juried Art Show to on-site classes to Ohio Chautauqua and collaborative reading programs, the library and RRCAA work to keep the arts alive in the area.
“Rabbit Run is a great partner and a driver in the community,” says Nancy. “They provide a quality and depth of arts programming rarely seen in a small town. By partnering with RRCAA, we are able to bring more grant monies and experiences to Madison than either organization could do individually. The arts feed a part of you that needs to be fed.”
“We know so much on the literary end,” says Virginia March, executive director of the Perry Public Library. “And it’s nice to know that if we can call on Rabbit Run to supplement our programming, it truly enhances what we have to offer the community.”
Preschool art camps, family art and craft classes, combined reading and art programs, tours at Rabbit Run Theater and even actors performing scenes from shows are all ways in which RRCAA and the Perry Library have coordinated programming, enriching the fabric of the community.
“The cross-over of patrons between our two organizations is wonderful. It provides us the opportunity to put our programming in front of other people. It’s a win/win situation bringing benefits to both organizations and our respective patrons.”
Angela Smith, Superintendent of the Madison Public Schools, is well acquainted with RRCAA’s association with the Madison schools. Faced with the challenges that come with working in a school system in which 40% of its students receive free or reduced-cost lunch, Angela recognizes the role Rabbit Run plays in providing supplemental fine arts opportunities at no or reduced cost.
“The programs that RRCAA offers align well with the Madison Schools’ fine arts curriculum, which enhances our collaborative relationship. I do see Rabbit Run as a key piece to the fabric of our community. Without supporting Rabbit Run that fabric will fray, and that would be a huge loss for this community.”
Robert and Linda Jenkins haven’t always been patrons of the arts. Their journey began 25 years ago when their children began taking music lessons at RRCAA (formerly the Western Reserve Fine Arts Association). Their involvement expanded to sending their boys to theater camp, and consequently, bringing them to productions at the theater. Robert even got into the act by performing in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
“Rabbit Run is such a jewel for our local community. It’s been wonderful to watch the organization expand and be revitalized over the years.”
“We also support Rabbit Run financially, because if the community doesn’t invest and give back, it is hard for organization like this to survive.”
Sixteen years ago the Virag family moved to the Madison area and almost immediately became active at Rabbit Run. While Ken holds the fort, Sue and their daughters, Makenna and Shaylin, have jumped feet first into all aspects of life at Rabbit Run. From private music lessons and dance classes to youth camps, ushering and performing at the theater, and singing in the Madison Chorale—they’ve done it all.
For the past three years Sue has become a familiar face at RRCAA, working both in the office and in the theater box office. “Rabbit Run is a gem in our community. I just couldn’t imagine not being involved here.”
14-year-old Shaylin sums up the family’s sentiments nicely in saying, “I love Rabbit Run—it’s like a second home!”