What is Community Events?
Arts and cultural venues collaborate with VSA arts of Georgia to provide opportunities for people who have disabilities, who live with very low income or who fit one of the other constituent populations we work with. The application process to the program collects demographic information that we use to assure alignment with our mission. The program allows constituent groups to attend performances or special events through free admission. For many of our venue partners, working with VSA arts of Georgia is the ONLY way they distribute free tickets to the community.
Donated tickets are made available to non-profit organizations throughout Georgia. These tickets can be for special, limited engagement, events such as plays, musicals, movies or sporting events or they can be ongoing opportunities such as admissions to the zoo, botanical gardens or area museums. We maintain calendars with this information. Examples can be seen here under Special Events, Calendar of Events.
Non-profit organizations may apply for services; ONCE APPROVED and accepted into the program, agencies may then request tickets on behalf of their consumers or clients. Due to the restrictions placed on us by our donors, we cannot serve schools or churches, but occasionally can serve programs of schools or churches if the programs have their own 501(c)(3) status separate from the church or school they support. Applications may be submitted throughout the year from organizations that:
- Hold current and in good standing, documentation of 501(c)(3) designation with the Federal government OR are government agencies; this includes being current in filing IRS form 990. We do check directly with the IRS.
- Have been providing direct services for at least 18 months; and
- Serve primarily individuals who have disabilities or who live with low income, and do not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor.
Each agency pays a yearly administrative fee, based on the total budget of the agency applying. The fee is based solely on the budget and not on the number of tickets you use.
All new contacts are REQUIRED to attend a two hour orientation held at our office before they can begin to request tickets. These are usually held on the 3rd Thursday of the month and start promptly at 1:00 p.m. It is absolutely essential that contacts learn the information presented at Orientation and there is a a lot of it so If you are late for the 1:00 p.m. start, you will be asked to leave and return for the next month's meeting.
Would you like an application?
If your agency qualifies, you may receive an application by emailing your request to info@VSAartsGA.org. Once the application and all materials have been received by mail and processed by VSA arts of Georgia, you will usually be notified by e-mail. Processing usually takes two to three weeks but can be longer during the spring and at the end of the calendar year.