Tea party fundraiser raises $36,000 for gallery

A garden tea party fundraiser held last week raised $36,000 for the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. 

The money raised at Ariane Dart’s Tea Party will go toward the Creative Careers programs at the gallery. 

“The Ariane Dart Tea Party, held annually in aid of the National Gallery’s vibrant arts education program, was a wonderful afternoon and a successful fundraiser,” Natalie Urquhart, National Gallery director, said in a statement. “We were delighted to see so many gallery members and friends turn out to support free youth arts education.”  

She said the gallery receives approximately 48 percent of its annual operations budget from the Cayman Islands government, with the remainder of $500,000 being raised through private grants and fundraising events each year. 

“The Tea Party [held on March 6] plays a critical role in helping us reach these targets,” Ms. Urquhart said. “We are extremely grateful to our host Ariane Dart, and our many attendees.”  

The Creative Careers program offers a wide range of opportunities to those wishing to pursue careers in creative industries. Programs include scholarships, internship programs, career advice, work experience opportunities, art workshops, lectures, art resources and tours. 

Ms. Urquhart said the National Gallery is committed to supporting the next generation of arts professionals and sees great potential in the individuals who have taken part in the Creative Careers program so far. “It is vital that we work to assist creative students who wish to further their education, develop their talents, reach their potential, and in so doing, enhance the community in which we live and work,” she said. 

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Students have fun during a tour of the National Gallery.
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