Arts Alive demonstrated the group’s support of the Tibbits Opera House through donations to the annual Tibbits Auction as well as through a donation to the “Strip the Tibbits…What’s Under the Brick?” restoration campaign.
The group made a $500 donation from its own treasury as a show of support for the Tibbits Façade restoration campaign currently underway. The group manages the exhibits in the Art Gallery in the lower level of the Tibbits Opera House. In their discussion they wanted to make a gesture which shows how much they appreciate the theatre and the current effort to restore the front of the building to its original 1882 grandeur.
The Arts Alive donation along with other recent donations has brought the total needed to begin work on the façade down to $135,500. The theatre needs to raise $500,000 through donations and pledges to meet the match required for the Federal Highway Administration’s $500,000 Scenic Byways grant.
Arts Alive celebrates artists and those who appreciate the arts. In addition to coordinating the art gallery exhibits they are active in other creative events including the downtown Art Walk, the well received Community Mural Project, and the Coldwater "All Around the Town" paint-out. Arts Alive's goal is to facilitate education, growth, and the appreciation of the arts and culture in all forms.
In addition to supporting the restoration, individual members of the group donated their own artwork to Tibbits Annual Auction held at the beginning of November. Carol Hatfield, Susan Miller, Vivian Schilling and Bev Tippmann all donated paintings they created during Arts Alive’s paint out in downtown Coldwater. Deborah Thenan donated custom, hand-thrown beer mugs. These donations along with more than 400 items helped Tibbits raise nearly $50,000 for the operation of the theatre.