Consider a Cultural Donation

5/7/2020 - Meridith Jumisko

Arts & Culture, History
Kenosha History Center
Kenosha Public Museum
Civil War Museum
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
performance/concert at Fusion – Kenosha Performing Arts Association
Lemon Street Gallery

During this pandemic, you may be wondering how you can help others. If you are able, non-profit organizations could use a monetary donation right now. That includes cultural ones. Perhaps you are already a supporter of the arts, whether at home or through your travels. Consider supporting your favorite local museum, art gallery, music organization, or other cultural non-profit organization by making an online donation or becoming a member.

There are other ways to show your support as well. While you can’t physically tour a museum, attend a concert, or enjoy a play right now, you can still let them know you appreciate them and look forward to your next visit. Drop them a line on Facebook; give them a glowing online review. Word-of-mouth is a great publicity tool that doesn’t cost you or the organization any money! Be sure to also give them positive feedback about what they have digitally available on social media and their website.

Here are some of the ways you can help organizations in Kenosha from your home:

A Friends of the Museums membership gives you membership to three museums: the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, and Civil War Museum. There are senior/student memberships, active military and active military family memberships, a caregiver level, family membership, dual membership, and many more categories. A certain level of membership also gives you membership benefits at hundreds of museums, gardens, and galleries across North America, as well as other perks. You can also make an online donation independent of membership. Donate | Become a Member

You can become a member of the Kenosha County Historical Society, which operates the Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum. The History Center also has these two programs: “Light the Light” and “Foot Steps of the Keepers.” To honor a special occasion, memory, or individual, you can have the 1866 Southport Lighthouse lantern room lit, or you can have an engraved brick placed on the walkways by the lighthouse tower. Donate | Become a Member

Once an all-girls school, Kemper Center is a lakefront property that includes the restored Durkee Mansion, the Chapel, Convent, Conference Center, Griffin Observatory, Anderson Arts Center, and more. You can support Kemper through memberships, monetary and in-kind donations, or event sponsorships. Consider hosting a business meeting, wedding, or reception at Kemper once events are held again.

The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 80th anniversary year, had half of its season postponed due to the health crisis. There is a button on the bottom of its website to make a donation.

The Kenosha Performing Arts Association operates Fusion, a performance space in Downtown Kenosha. Its website also has a button to make a donation. While live performances can’t be held right now, Fusion’s Facebook page has been rebroadcasting past performances.

Lemon Street Gallery notes on its website that as a non-profit, they operate on a very thin margin from art sales, classes and membership: “Please consider making a donation to keep the creative economy strong in our community.”

Lakeside Players had to postpone its remaining 2019-2020 season of performances. Its annual fundraiser Bowls and Books was also postponed. The non-profit community theatre group lists various donation opportunities on its website to help preserve the Rhode Center for the Arts.

Here are two more thoughts. Once it’s safe for attractions to re-open and for events to be held:

- Consider becoming a volunteer for one of these organizations. Give the gift of your time. You can make new friends, fill a need, find a new interest, or incorporate a long-time hobby into what you do.  

- Visit! Attend! Show your support in person!

Meridith Jumisko

Public Relations Director, Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

An auntie. One-time skydiver. Fan of dessert, football, country music, and sticky notes. I document. Everything. And archive. Everything.