Travis Miller, a UCO student and Vice President of UCO’s chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME), found a creative avenue to donate to Allied Arts and make a difference in arts education.
The CNAfME is dedicated to preparing future music educators through musical, educational and professional development. The UCO chapter for CNAfME invited Allied Arts to present to the UCO faculty advisers and student board of CNAfME during their search for a 2019 charitable cause or nonprofit organization to support.
UCO’s CNAfME was looking to find a way to bring arts to schools, especially in a state where schools are cutting arts funding. Allied Arts was selected as the benefactor for UCO’s CNAfME fund raising efforts for 2019 to receive 15% of the proceeds raised through events throughout the year. Allied Arts supports programs that meet the needs of the community by providing access to arts programming. It funds arts education to kindergarten through 12th grade students in Oklahoma with much of the funding reaching underserved students with little to no opportunities for arts experiences.
As part of the fundraising endeavors, Travis kicked off his 21st birthday through the Facebook birthday crowdfunding feature. Facebook offers the option to launch a birthday fundraiser befitting a charitable cause or nonprofit on your behalf. Friends get a notification the day of your birthday asking them to donate. Friends and family donated over $300 to Allied Arts in celebration of Travis’s 21st birthday.
“When it comes to the arts, I’d rather find a way to give to others than to myself”, said Travis. His personal contribution counts toward the funds raised by CNfME for Allied Arts.
Allied Arts invited Travis to become of member of Catalyst with his donation. Catalyst is a group of professionals age 40 and younger who are committed to supporting the local cultural community through Allied Arts. He is very excited to be a part of Catalyst.