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 Support the Arts

  The Bennington Downtown Alliance and the Bennington Area Arts Council are pleased to provide
the opportunity for you to support the many wonderful cultural activities and arts initiatives in our area.


Below are two ways to give; both are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Designate your gift to be used by the Bennington Area Arts Council


Designate your gift to be used for the Sonatina Scholarship Fund 


Either way, your gift will both change someone's life and enrich our community.



It's Easy To Do ! 

#Make your check out to:                        Better Bennington Corporation

#2  In the memo line write:               "Sonatina Scholarship Fund" or "BAAC Initiatives" 

#3  Mail your gift to:             Bennington Downtown Alliance 215 South St. Bennington, VT 05201 



You will receive an acknowledgment and tax receipt for your gift.




  Sonatina Scholarship Fund

                                                           - a note from Polly 

Dear Sonata Participants,

We’ve had the best 2016 season – so much wonderful piano playing and music making and, as always, a great sense of community, which is such a big part of piano camp.  So many of you gave generously to support the Scholarship Fund for local students to attend Summer Sonatina. We can say, without hesitation, that it was the best season we’ve had in years. Your donations made it possible for 25 recipients to attend with a full scholarship and all of them had the time of their life.

We know the end of the year is fast approaching so we wanted to get this email to you as soon as possible so that you can reprise or join our appeal now. Please spend a moment to read the information, below, as there is much to share with you in regard to how to give and other updates.

After 20,000 video views of Summer Sonatina 2016 students fabulous Flash Mob Scene in Downtown Bennington, the Four Corners in Downtown Bennington will be painted in piano keys in the middle of the road this spring.

Flash Mob by BBC:

Flash Mob by CAT-TV:

Select Board by CAT-TV:

Do you see how an event by these young pianists made something big happen in my town?! They still talk about how much fun they had and they will be back this coming season to see how they played it forward!  Because so many funds were raised in 2014 for our 2015 season, we did not conduct another scholarship campaign in 2015 for our 2016 season. However, our scholarship coffers are now depleted and we need to ask for your support again for our 2017 season.

Your financial gift would offer musical enrichment to deserving local youngsters while strengthening the Summer Sonatina program in the process. Our goal is to raise approximately $28,000 this year.  

As an added incentive, I would like to personally give back to you all. For each seasonal Sonata Piano Camp that raises over $5000, I’d like you to send me 10 minutes of you playing a particular piano piece. I will listen and send you a PDF file of the score with all of my corrections and suggestions. If all of you do this, I’ll be giving 8 hours of my time per camp. Since we have 11 events per year, this will total 88 hours of my time. Does the number 88 mean anything to you?!

Our big news is that there are now two ways to give to Sonatina:

1) Giving from the heart: your gift goes directly to Sonatina. This is the same way you’ve always given to Sonatina. Please keep in mind that Sonatina is not a 501(c)3.

Checks can be sent to Sonatina Fund, 5 Catamount Lane, Old Bennington, VT 05201 or you can use the donation button on our website at

2)  Make your donation tax deductible: Sonatina’s fiscal sponsor is the Better Bennington Corporation, a local 501(c)3 that Polly has been working with for many years. Recently, the Arts Council has surged artistically and professionally in ways that are exciting for our community and our partnership has deepened. As our fiscal sponsor, an Arts Council subcommittee will review application forms, conduct interviews, and determine awards. 5% of all donations will be allocated to support administrative costs, allowing 95% of your donation to go directly to the project or program specified. 

Checks should be made out to the Better Bennington Corporation with “Sonatina Scholarship Fund” noted in the memo, and sent to: Better Bennington Corporation, 215 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201

Upon receipt of your gift, BBC will send you a letter of acknowledgement that should be saved for your tax records. They will also notify the BAAC committee and Polly of your donation to Sonatina. While $28,000 is Sonatina's Scholarship Fund goal for this year, any overflow will ease the need in the future. You may also choose to give to the BBC without specifying Sonatina, as there are other very worthy arts organizations listed on the BBC website (visual arts, dance and theatre are a big part of the Bennington community) under their umbrella.

No matter which way you choose to contribute, your gift will benefit a student who will forever more have the experience of piano camp in their history. Think about how many of you never had the opportunity to go to piano camp until your adulthood and how meaningful it is to you. Imagine how these students can come to piano camp now! It makes you smile, doesn’t it?!

Time is short…2016 is fast running out and the applications for Summer Sonatina 2017 are already coming in. Polly will be happy to answer any of your questions or to pair you with a young pianist (once we know who they are) so you can see and hear them enjoy your gift of music.

Thank you for being a key part of many musical lives.

With deep appreciation, 





Bennington Area Arts Council


The Bennington Area Arts Council's mission is to foster an interconnected cultural community, to promote arts and culture for the enrichment of all, and to champion our creative industry as essential to our economic well-being.

Bennington is a cultural hotbed of activity and talent. With dozens of cultural institutions and art-related organizations, Bennington's exciting art scene has come to life. Story Hour (think Moth Radio), Ted Talks, Art and Craft Festivals, Museums and Art Centers, Equity and Community Theatre, Dance, Concerts, Performances, Art Exhibits and Gallery Openings, and Cultural Events are just the beginning of what you will find in the historically preserved and naturally beautiful surroundings of our area.   

The Council hosts the annual event called EXPOsion to kick off each year with a celebration of the cultural institutions in our area.  The press and public are invited to join us as we roll-out our annual calendar of events and promote our activities, exhibits, and programs for the year.  The expo is designed to celebrate our region as the area's cultural hub; one that is rich in artist talent and abundant with events and cultural activities.

The Council is also host to Bennington Arts Weekend.  On the first weekend of August of each year Bennington comes alive with more events and cultural activities than one person can possibly attend.  For the culturally-minded traveler, this is the weekend to visit Vermont.  

For more information on arts and culture in the Bennington area visit the "Bennington Area Arts Council" page on the website, then click on anything that catches your interest or call us at 802-442-5758.         



Bennington Downtown Alliance
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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