Dear Winona Area Arts Supporter,
It seems like every time we open a local newspaper these days we see multiple articles about the arts in Winona: gallery openings, plays, concerts, and more. Why do you think that is?
We think it is because Winona values the arts and knows the positive effect they have on both our economy and our way of life. A recent study by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts revealed that the arts are alive in Winona and that they have a significant impact on the city and region. The Winona Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a part of this thriving arts community.
The citizens of Winona enjoyed a similar lively arts scene 110 years ago, and we were a big part of it. Founded by Carl Ruggles in 1908, the Winona Symphony Orchestra paved the way for many other arts organizations. In 1910, we offered our very first Children’s Concert and today we serve over 1,200 students annually with this special event.
So you might ask, what else makes the Winona Symphony Orchestra relevant today?
The Winona Symphony Orchestra serves a unique purpose in our community. We present live, orchestral music and provide opportunities for local and regional musicians to perform. In fact, about 70% of our budget goes directly to the musicians. We make very efficient use of our donated funds and work hard to provide the highest quality performances.
The reality is that in order for us to continue our mission, we need support from you. The time has come for us to make sure you know how critical your support is to the long-term stability of our historic organization. It only takes a few moments to make a contribution of your choice, and it makes a huge difference to us. Please see the levels of giving listed to the right. Your donation is much appreciated and always tax-deductible.
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming concert! Thank you in advance for your generous support.
Winona Symphony Orchestra Association