Officials with the Tullahoma Art Center (TAC) are gearing up for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is set for June 13-16.
“We are privileged to have a booth in the Planet Roo area at Bonnaroo,” said Beth Thames, president of TAC. “Planet Roo is the sustainable nonprofit sector where nonprofits have tents, and you can go and learn about their mission and donate to their cause.”
The festival will provide TAC with the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the center.
“Primarily, we will be concerned with raising money for our building,” Thames said. “The current status of our building is disrepair. It needs a lot of work. It is an old building – it was built in 1868.
“It happens to be one of the oldest buildings in Tullahoma. We are really going to be leaning into that and hoping for support because we need funds to fix the roof, to fix the foundation, and to fix some water issues and several other things.”
Last year was the TAC’s first year at Bonnaroo.
“Festival officials really encourage local nonprofits to get involved,” Thames said. “Last year was our first experience with a festival of this size. There is a high volume of people.”
When TAC had a booth at the festival last year, several quilts were created with the help of music lovers. TAC will use these quilts to raise funds at this year’s festival.
“Last year, we got donations of jeans and old denim that was cut in squares,” Thames said. “We provided people with a quilt square and fabric markers to decorate the denim. And we keep up with who made them and where they are from.”
There will be a silent auction for one of those quilts which will be ongoing for the four days of the festival.
“And we are going to do a raffle for another quilt,” she said.
The patrons at Bonnaroo, will have the opportunity to participate in making the next quilt.
“We are really hoping for artists’ participation, too,” Thames said. “We are going to ask some of the artists that are performing. Otherwise, it’s a fun thing to do to get people interacting and participating in a community project.”
There will be several options for incentive to donate this year.
“We have several original pieces of art to give away, so each day we are going to be giving away two prizes for two separate competitions,” she said.
Bonnaroo officials enjoy providing opportunities to local nonprofits.
“Each year, we have more than 30 organization that participate in our vendor program with our concessionaire,” said Jeff Cuellar, vice president of strategic partnerships for Bonnaroo.
“We offer these opportunities as a way to support the community,” Cuellar said. “Car washes and bake sales can only generate so much money and they pull locally. By having opportunities such as our vendor program we support local organizations and help to grow them through outside money. Additionally, it is a great way to have our fans build a relationship with the local community. Since many of our patrons come from all over the world it is great for them to interact and support locally.”
For more information, call the center at 931-455-1234 or visit tullahomaartcenter.com.
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