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Let THELMA Shine!

Key visionaries built Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) for everyone and now THELMA needs your help to shine!

Helping THELMA shine enriches Fond du Lac’s quality of life and creates an attractive community for tourism and economic development. Helping THELMA shine provides for a variety of arts programming that rises to the level of this wonderful building.

“Only through community support can we shine,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Inc. today has announced the “Let THELMA Shine: We’re More than the Arts” Fundraising Campaign. The not-for-profit intends to raise $2 million by December 31. 

 “This public appeal is aimed at supporters of tourism, economic development, the downtown, and of course, the arts. It is our hope that you realize that THELMA means a great deal to our community and that this is not just THELMA’S time, but Fond du Lac’s time,” Miller added. 

THELMA as a regional destination

THELMA has already been touted as a regional destination around the state as Miller has been sharing the “THELMA story” in Madison, Eau Claire and Sheboygan. Thousands of people have already experienced THELMA through the numerous events at the downtown arts center. 

The unprecedented generosity of the Fond du Lac area is proudly on display at THELMA. THELMA has been the venue for numerous community fundraisers boasting record attendance and donations, Miller said. In the first four months of operations, THELMA has assisted non-profits in raising over $138,000. 

Now, the community has the opportunity to make a real difference in the future of Fond du Lac, the region, and the state by contributing to the “Let THELMA Shine: We’re More than the Arts” Fundraising Campaign. Help THELMA shine.

If you haven’t had the chance to see the entire facility, tours of THELMA may be scheduled by contacting us at 920.921.5410 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here if you would like to donate now.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor and outdoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.

THELMA recognized as economic catalyst for downtowns

Two Wisconsin cities, officials in Madison and the state's tourism industry are paying attention to what was accomplished in Fond du Lac – specifically the expansion and renovation of its downtown arts center.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is on the map as a regional arts center and being touted as an example of how a thriving arts center can be a catalyst for economic development in downtowns, said THELMA Executive Director Kevin Miller.

Miller has given presentations recently in Sheboygan and Eau Claire. Representatives from both cities requested Miller speak about the privately funded renovation and expansion of THELMA and the process to develop an Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fond du Lac. 

“This is extremely gratifying because we have long felt that the expansion and renovation of THELMA and the creation of the arts and entertainment district is a game changer for the area,” Miller said.

Miller shared THELMA's story in a presentation at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism held in Lake Geneva in March. He also represented THELMA and the Wisconsin Arts Board, of which he is a Governor Scott Walker appointee, in Madison as he advocates for the Creative Economy Development Initiative. Miller recently testified before the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee, and the Assembly Tourism Committee. Both committees have since passed the initiative. 

The Creative Economy Development Initiative is a public/private partnership to leverage and grow assets and resources throughout Wisconsin. The Arts Board would administer the initiative in a 2:1 matching grant program. 

The Initiative must go to the Joint Finance Committee and both the Senate and Assembly prior to being signed into law by Governor Walker.

“The bottom line is that an arts center means so much more to a community than the paintings on the walls,” Miller said. “Yes, it is a quality of life amenity but it also means economic development, tourism and jobs for the community.”

“This is a great gift for Fond du Lac,” Miller added.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor and outdoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, facebook, twitter and Link

 

Free admission for students with ID

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is now offering free admission for high school and college students when they present their student ID.

Simply present your ID when you arrive at THELMA and you will have access to the Contemporary Wing.

The Contemporary Wing is open 10:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and until 8 pm on Thursdays. Admission is always free for THELMA members, and children under 13. Admission is $5 for nonmembers.

 

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Fond du Lac, WI 54935
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