Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at the Arts Council Wichita Falls Area, Inc.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books to children from birth to age five through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.
All children in Wichita Falls, ages 0 – 5, are eligible for these free books. A child must reside in a Wichita Falls zip code: 76301,76302,76303,76304,76305,76306,76307,76308,76309,76310, 76311.
Support Backdoor Threatre’s 2023 Season
Backdoor Theatre has been providing entertainment for Wichita Falls and the surrounding community for more than 50 years, but only 40-50 percent of the nonprofit’s annual budget comes from ticket sales. The average expenses to put on a musical can range from $8,000 – $15,000 and the average expenses to put on a play can range from $1,000 – $5,000. Expenses can include set building, set design, musicians, technicians, costumes, props, and more.
Backdoor’s 2023 season includes Xanadu, Mad Libs Live!, The Lightning Thief, Sherwood, Puffs, and Scrooge in Rouge.
Support River Bend Nature Center
Through educational activities and events, River Bend Nature Center promotes the value of environmental awareness and conservation to students, families, and their communities. River Bend’s most popular attractions are the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Peyton’s Place, the Bryant Edwards Learning Center, the River Bottom Forest Trail, and the United Children’s Garden.
A one-time donation could provide:
- $75 – Helps provide traveling educational programs
- $100 – Helps feed Riverbend’s live exhibits
- $250 – Helps provide science and nature education
- $500 – Helps buy live butterflies for two weeks
Help Honor a Local Legend Through Wichita Falls Alliance Project
Attorney Charlye Ola Farris is a Wichita County legend. Among her trailblazing accomplishments, she was the first African-American woman licensed to practice law in Texas and the first African-American attorney, male or female, in Wichita County.
The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture is paying tribute to her life and legacy by commissioning a life-sized bronze sculpture to be installed on the lawn of the Wichita County Courthouse.
The sculpture of Ms. Farris will acknowledge the contributions of a contemporary heroine whose vision and wisdom are a source of tremendous pride for North Texas. This $300,000 project has the support of Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom and Wichita County Commissioners.
By contributing today, you will help our community ensure that future generations understand the contributions of African American leaders of Wichita County.
Support the 2023 Wichita Falls Ballet Season
Did you know that ticket sales cover only 25 percent of Wichita Falls Ballet’s operation budget? The rest comes from donors and sponsorships.
In 2023, the ballet will host The Sleeping Beauty on May 19 and May 20 at the MSU Fain Fine Arts Theatre. The WFBT also presents a free program called “Afternoon with the Arts” each spring, which can be a child’s first exposure to dance.
The Wichita Falls Youth Ballet also offers dance classes to all ages and accommodates all levels. The official school of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre also has Mommy-and-Me to Pre-Professional courses.
You Shop. Amazon Gives to Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra
If you have last-minute Christmas shopping to do on Amazon, you can donate to the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra along the way! Your gift supports the WFSO, including concert preparation, performances, education programs, and community engagement.
Before shopping on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and sign into your account. Shop as you would normally, and 0.5% of your total will be automatically donated to the WFSO.
The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is hosting several concerts planned in 2023, including an exclusive event celebrating the orchestra’s 75 years in the Texoma community.
Give The Gift of Music – Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra
Want to fund the equipment, the professional coaching, and the concerts to give these kids the musical wings they need to fly through the rest of their lives? The Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra’s programs span from beginner violin lessons in kindergarten to two levels of an orchestra, challenging and stretching every musician through middle and high school.
Your donation could provide:
- $10 – Buys one student’s folder and music
- $30 – Covers an hour of professional coaching
- $100 – Provides one semester orchestra scholarship
- $500 – Pays ensemble director for one semester
Celebrate Hispanic Culture by Donating to Zavala
Zavala Hispanic Cultural Initiative is a nonprofit that collaborates with Vernon College and Midwestern State University in the Summer Road To College program and works with Café con Leche to prepare students and parents for post-secondary education and offer FAFSA and TASFA assistance. Zavala International Dance teaches traditional folkloric and international dances that have influenced Latin culture.
Give Back to Visual Arts Through the Wichita Falls Art Association
The Wichita Falls Art Association provides a medium in which the public can view visual art forms by local artists, including fine art in all mediums and artisan-crafted ceramics, stained glass, mosaics, jewelry, wearable art, and more. The nonprofit also hosts Art Battle where artists create pieces on the spot and are judged on art made that day. Art Battle is a live painting competition with monthly events in 50 cities around the world.
Help Make Your Hometown Museum Sparkle
The Museum of North Texas History collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets the history of the North Texas Area to provide a fun and entertaining experience in history for children and adults. This is all done through donations. So by giving today, you could provide:
- $25 – Helps purchase archival boxes for Collections storage
- $100 – Buys paint for one Exhibit Room
- $165 – Buys a covered storage wardrobe for military uniforms and other historical garments
- $300 – Buys a mannequin made specifically for historic military uniforms
- $1,500 – Purchase a new display case
Membership is also a great and easy way to support the Museum. Membership ensures that you stay informed of significant events and news.
Be Part of History By Helping Restore the Kell House
Help the Wichita County Heritage Society restore North Texas’ crown jewel to its former glory. The Kell House Capital Campaign is closing in on its target, yet it can still profit from your donation. A historic house requires specialized craftsmen to do the work, and you can help make that happen.