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STARTS (Support The ARTS) Campaign

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StARTS me up: Support the Arts

The future of the ARTS STARTS with you.

Visual and Theatre Arts Department announces the new STARTS (Support The ARTS) Campaign.


Your contribution to STARTS will be used to support Visual Art, Dance, and Theatre programs and events to build, develop, advocate, and nurture vibrant arts and cultural opportunities on the UT Martin campus and throughout our West Tennessee community.


Please read more about it below or contact Douglas Cook, Chair of Visual and Theatre Arts. The contact information is listed below.

10 Reasons to STARTS!

  1. Visual and Theatre Arts scholarship opportunities are essential to attract talented students to VTA programs. There are no state funded VTA scholarships
  2. Young artists are subject to higher costs for supplies and fees than other students.
  3. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher overall GPA’s and lower dropout rates.
  4. Monetary awards and recognitions at VTA sponsored art exhibitions and competitions are meaningful incentives in developing young arts professionals.
  5. Theatre and Dance performance events operate largely on receipts from ticket sales. Supplemental funding sources are necessary to keep ticket prices low.
  6. The cost of producing plays and dance concerts has grown exponentially. Royalty costs (permission to perform) have tripled over the last five years. 
  7. Scenery/costumes expenditures for plays require 10 performances to recoup the investment.
  8. VTA efforts to acquire art and display art throughout the new Fine Arts Building.
  9. First-class technologies and equipment = First-class competitive arts professionals. 
  10. The arts are good for our local economy.  Attendees at arts events spend an average of $24.60 per person, per event, on products and services from area merchants.

Donor Categories and Benefits

ALL current Friends of Vanguard will have their $100 contribution honored for the school year 2014-15. (Each donor category includes all previous courtesies)

Friend - $250

  • Two reserved tickets (per event) in donor’s name for all performances.
  • Early reservations before the box office opens.
  • Names listed in performance programs.
  • Invitation to all events including “insider” events.

Patron - $500

  • Four reserved tickets (per event) in donor’s name for all performances.
  • Choice of STARTS t-shirt, tote bag, or ceramic mug.

Benefactor - $1,000

  • Limited edition print or some other limited edition artwork.
  • Names listed on permanent STARTS display in Fine Arts lobby.

Visionary (Individual)/Sponsors (Underwriting a Specific Event) - $5,000

  • Name featured on permanent STARTS display in Fine Arts lobby.
  • Name placement featured on event promotional materials.
  • Special recognition announcement and thanks before event.

For more detailed information please call 731-881-7400.

Make all checks payable to UT-Martin and send to:
Visual & Theatre Arts
201 Fine Arts Building
16 Mt. Pelia Road
Martin, TN  38238


(If you are a UT-Martin employee you may participate in payroll deduction.)
Please remember to include your name, address, phone number, and email.

Dance Education Program

Students in the Dance Program at The University of Tennessee at Martin have many options for studying dance.

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Vanguard Theatre

A series of original plays written by students in the playwriting classes are presented in the spring. These performances are directed by students from the directing classes.

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