Disney theater seats gone, but there’s more

Congratulations to Trish Thompson of Creative Sanford (that’s the organization that’s producing the community-wide theater/oral history project called Celery Soup) for snapping up the Disney theater seats that Cheryl Boza of Disney community relations made available last week.

But Boza points out that Disney has other ways to help out arts groups, and she has sent along an email asking for your wish lists and suggesting you apply for some Disney grants. Here’s Cheryl:

Hello everyone – thanks so much for your interest in the Disney theatre seats that we recently had for donation, and United Arts helped us put out the call for.  All of the seats have found a great new home with Trish Thompson at Creative Sanford.

What I’m most excited about is the new connections with some additional arts and cultural organizations!  There are two Disney opportunities I want to make you aware of:

  • You are welcome to email me your “wish list” of items – anything you might need from fabric, costumes, furniture, etc.  With Walt Disney World being the size of a small city we have almost everything imaginable, and when Community Relations is notified of assets to be dispersed we will refer to our donations tracking database where we input all of these wish lists.  I do want to add that we cannot make any guarantees – it could be 2, 6, 10 or even more months before a match comes available but it’s always worth to have your list tracked.
  • If your organization runs sustainable, character-development programming for children you may be interested in getting added to our Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants mailing list.  These are annual, competitive application-based cash grants to charitable nonprofits in the counties of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.  Last spring Disney awarded $500,000 in grants to 31 nonprofits running youth programs, in amounts that ranged from under $5,000 to $45,000.  I’ve attached the Guidelines 2010 and last year’s sample application (HelpingKidsShineGrantsApplication2010), and if you feel your group has a qualifying program please let me know a contact name, mailing address and email address where we could send 2011 collateral.  A head’s up postcard will be mailed in the November timeframe to let you know when the 2011 application web site will go live, completed applications are usually due back to us by end of January, and funding is awarded in May.

3 responses to “Disney theater seats gone, but there’s more

  1. The Messiah Choral Society is a 150-voice, non-profit choir that performs Handel’s Messiah every year FREE at the Bob Carr as a gift to the community. This year we are hiring out-of-town soloists. It would be great if we could enhance their compensation with 1 ticket each to a Disney park of their choice. They would need to go either Monday, 11/29/10 or Friday, 11/26.

  2. I am the managing director of Melbourne Civic Theatre in Brevard County, we are the oldest arts organization in the county. We would love to be placed on the list for costumes, theater seats (we have 91 seats in our theater), fabrics and furniture. Please consider us for any of disney’s theatrical items. Thanks so much