The holidays are here once more! The month of November is such a valuable time for reflection on what matters most to us – our family and friends, our passions and goals, and what we choose to support during our lifetime. For me personally, I truly believe the theater, the arts and music all have a way of bringing people together. I also consider the TCA to be a place where people of all backgrounds and life experiences can feel welcome, where ideas can be shared, and life stories can be told in the hopes of creating empathy and understanding among each other. For that — I am truly thankful.
The 2018-2019 Season at the TCA has been a year of records. The number of season ticket holders has doubled in just three years with over 130 sold this season. Our business sponsorships have also increased this year to over $18,000. We have received grant awards from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to support our Homegrown Season, from the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation to host the annual Veterans Day concert, and from the Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), Inc. to sustain our Student Tech Program. We are well on our way to another successful season!
This year, we also have a goal to raise $14,000 in individual donations. These donations help cover the cost of general maintenance at the theater. Your donation will address some facility and equipment needs as we repair the sound and light boards, purchase lights and equipment, repair doors throughout the theater, replace air conditioning units and repair the boiler system.
We hope you will support support Tecumseh Center for the Arts this year and participate in #GivingTuesday on behalf of the TCA. To donate, simply contact us at 517-423-6617 or donate online before December 31, 2018, to receive a charitable donation tax receipt this fiscal year. As a donor, you will be included in our playbills and recognized in our 2018-2019 Director’s Report.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts is truly a gem for the Tecumseh community. The theater is dedicated to bringing high caliber entertainment to small town America and serves as “home” to many organizations including Tecumseh Youth Theatre (TYT), Tecumseh Pops Orchestra & Community Chorus and the TCA Big Band & VocalAires … to name a few. We want to continue playing this role in the community for many years to come. Your donation will help us meet our financial needs this season and keep the theater running smoothly and efficiently.
The TCA staff wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season! And we hope to see you at the TCA.
Kelly Jo Gilmore
Director | Tecumseh Center for the Arts | firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am thankful for ..."
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff at Tecumseh Center for the Arts (pictured left to right):
Facilities Manager Julie Donovan
"I am thankful for my loving husband and our two wonderful daughters. I'm thankful for the Tecumseh teachers, the Tecumseh Youth Theatre and the TCA for the positive influences in my children's lives"
Box Office Manager Joanna Gall
"I am thankful for the human qualities of passion and creativity, empathy and compassion, open-mindedness and generosity, and those brave enough not to suppress them."
TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore
"I am thankful to live a life full of passion and joy. For my three healthy and happy children , a marriage to my best friend, as well as all my amazing and supportive friends, co-workers and family members."
Facilities Supervisor Josh Mattison
"I am thankful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful community, and to have the ability to help so many great organizations, like the TCA."
Technical Director Karen Bunch
"Today, I am thankful for all of my great family, friends, and cats (and all creatures great and small) with which I share space and time. I feel fortunate to have a job that affects so many people in a positive manner, and allows me to share my love of music, theatre, and live performance, both as a performer onstage and behind the scenes. Those of us who have crossed paths over the years and are a part of the fabric of each other’s life stories, good times and bad times, and everything in between, makes us who we are. Such wonderful memories of days gone by … looking forward to good times ahead. Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!"
Tecumseh Center for the Arts staff is thankful for each and everyone of you who contribute your talents, time and contributions to the the theater! Thank you for making 2018 an amazing year.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is celebrating Veterans Day by holding a free concert for the community in honor of local veterans and their families. The event is sponsored by the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation (ERWF) and will take place Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Music will be provided by the River Raisin Ragtime Revue. Based in Tecumseh, Michigan, River Raisin Ragtime Revue (R4) is a professional orchestra dedicated to educating and entertaining as well as the preservation and restoration of American music. They have performed at The Henry Ford Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art, as well as The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Additionally, R4 has four CD recordings which include The Red Back Book: Standard High-Class Rags, Ragtime Detroit! Michigan's Contribution to America's Original Music (2006), collaboration with Greenfield Village Raggin' at Greenfield Village (2011), and Animal Fair: Ragtime Music for Children and the Young at Heart (2013). A special thank you to Theresa Powers for her time and energy in booking R4 for this year’s Veteran’s Day Concert at the TCA, and the ERW Foundation for their support and sponsorship of this event.
Guest speakers include Mayor Jack Baker, Kali Fox representing U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office, Local Historian Bob Elliott and Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation President Theresa Powers.
This performance is part of The TCA Michigan Homegrown Project and is sponsored in part by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. To learn more about our free Veterans Day Concert, please call the TCA at 517.423.6617 or visit www.TheTCA.org.
Behind the scenes of Tecumseh Center for the Arts.