Allow Me to Introduce You To…United Arts
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the reasons I started RH was in direct defiance of those who moan and groan about living in Orlando: ”there’s nothing to here”…”we don’t have any culture to speak of”…”the only fun activities are at the theme parks and/or too expensive.” To prove them wrong, the categories Hangin’ Around (things to do) and Frugal Fun were born.
You know who else is helping in the “Central Florida is culturally relevant” crusade? United Arts. Since 1989, they’ve awarded grants of over $121 million to the City Beautiful’s arts programs, to help keep doors open and, especially important to frugal folks like myself, tickets prices reasonable (sources here and here).
And those are just the place I’ve written about. I’ve also had the pleasure of volunteering at the Florida Film Festival, watching The Importance of Being Earnest at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and listening to an Orlando Gay Chorus performance.
And those are just the places I’ve been to. A complete list is here.
What’s in it for me?
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What do you want me to do?
Start exploring your city. Tell me about the cool stuff you’ve found, and I’ll try it out too. If you haven’t already bought tickets (only $22/person), the Red Chair Affair this Saturday, 8/25 is a great way to preview the upcoming arts season (for a video synopsis, click here). I went a few years ago and was tickled by the Shakespeare Theatre scene from Earnest, which is how I was inspired to go for the first time.
No money? No problem. We all know I’m a HUGE advocate of volunteering, and I’m sure the organizations would be happy to have you.
The takeaway: Orlando is a cool place to live. We have cool (cultural!) things to do. And United Arts is cool by helping to make that happen. Now might be a good time to return the favor.
Note: I’m attending the Central Florida Blogger Conference in September, and part of the program is to encourage bloggers to get the word out on the positive things some local non-profits are doing (it’s called Blogging for Good). I chose UA because it aligned most closely with my beliefs and blog content. In full disclosure, I have a chance to win a prize for this post, but win or lose, I stand behind this organization.