Rabbit Run Community Arts Association

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It’s all thanks to you!

You attended:

  • Rabbit Run Theater saw a 20% increase in tickets sales from the previous year
  • 86 actors, 26 backstage crew, 27 musicians and 30 production staff partnered to mount 5 full-scale productions in a brief three-month period
  • Rabbit Run Theater has become a major tourism destination in this region of Northeast Ohio bringing numerous tour companies and pre-formed groups to the area to enjoy our local wineries, restaurants, and of course, the barn!
  • 8,100 patrons attended 46 performance throughout the 2018 theater season

You explored:

  • A 15% increase in student enrollment for fine arts programming compared to the previous year
  • Our educational offerings have expanded to 62 classes/owrkshops plus private vocal and instrumental music instruction offered year round plus seven summer youth arts camps
  • We created new and exciting partnerships including expanded programs at Madison Public Library and a collaborative theatre/history project with Lake Erie College, Lake County History Center and Lake Metroparks Farmpark
  • Our Annual Juried Art Show (in partnership with Madison Public Library) celebrated its 27th anniversary

You supported:

  • More than 800 individuals, businesses and community organizations now provide financial, in-kind, or volunteer support to RRCAA
  • Annual giving has increased by more than 15% in the last two years
  • More than 270 volunteers shared their time (more than 11,000 hours annually) and talent; working onstage, backstage, as ushers, hosts, administrative support and as community ambassadors

Thanks to you, RRCAA continues to provide extraordinary theater productions and quality educational programs to our community.

Our goals for the future include expanded arts education collaborations as well as beginning the first phase of extensive facilities projects for the Rabbit Run Theater property.  Now more than ever, we welcome your ongoing support and we thank you for supporting the arts in our community.

So many lives are enriched by the work of RRCAA.  With your help we can continue to provide outstanding arts opportunities to our community.

  • The Baums weave the fabric of our community

    Robin and Steve Baum became familiar with Rabbit Run Theater in the early 1990’s when they began coming to shows with other members of the Western Reserve Junior Service League.  Within a couple of years they became season ticket holders.

    “It’s relaxing and it’s friendly”, says Steve, “and we were and are so impressed with the quality of the shows.  You see really good theater in a unique environment, and its history is so rich; you can feel the history here.”

    The Baums were asked to participate in a focus group as part of a strategic planning initiative in 2007.  We got to know Brint (executive director, RRCAA) and one thing led to another.  Robin then went on to serve on the board of directors for five years, two of which were as board president.  During Robin’s tenure as president, she and Steve were instrumental is starting the Endowment Fund.

    More recently, Robin has begun volunteering as a sound board operator having worked the sound board last year for Rabbit Run’s production of “The Elephant Man”, as part of The Studio Series at Lake Erie College.

    “All the opportunities Rabbit Run provides for youth are wonderful,” says Robin.  “Students can perform or work backstage.  Rabbit Run is an excellent training ground for youth aspiring to work in theater and the arts.”

     

     

  • The Madison Public Library weaves the fabric of our community

    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.”

  • The Perry Public Library weaves the fabric of our community

    “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.”

     

     

  • The Madison Public Schools weave the fabric of our community

    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 celebrate Our Story

    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.”

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Rabbit Run Community Arts Association | 49 Park Street Madison, Ohio 44057 (mail received here)
5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH 44057 (Theater)
Main Office: 440-428-5913 Box Office: 440-428-7092

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