ARTS FOR LIFE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT MEETS THE OBLIGATION OF OUR 501 (C)(3) STATUS THROUGH ARTICLE THREE OF THE ARTS FOR LIFE BYLAWS: ARTICLE THREE – PURPOSE 3.1 General Purpose. The purpose of this Corporation is to benefit and enlighten the community at large by supporting, recognizing, and promoting community theatre. The Corporation shall accomplish this goal in three ways. (i) Community Recognition: The Corporation shall hold an annual awards ceremony for best performances and achievements in community theatre and also for awards for lifetime achievement in the arts. (ii) Community Outreach: The Corporation shall provide charitable contributions and/or community outreach services to non-profit, special needs organizations, as determined by the Board of Directors, which are organized under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). (iii) Community Resource: The Corporation shall provide a centralized resource database for all community theatre organizations to leverage each others’ capabilities and share ideas. 3.2 Educational and Charitable. This corporation is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 3.3 Apolitical. No part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the Corporation shall not participate in or intervene (including the publishing or distribution of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Article Three of our bylaws are consistent with our mission statement: ARTS FOR LIFE is a local not-for-profit arts and service organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating community & youth theatre.
Arts for Life is committed to giving back to the community in which it thrives and interacts. So many people give of themselves, so unselfishly, to foster cooperation, good will, friendship, and fellowship within community theater associations.
In 1994, work through the St. Louis Hills Arts Council enabled Arts for Life in its infancy to raise tax-deductible funds in order to produce an original musical revue entitled Love Songs…Between Friends, Among Friends, and For Friends that premiered at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
All proceeds from each performance were divided between the St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition and the St. Louis Effort for AIDS.
Arts for life sponsored "A Get Well Celebration" at the Whittemore House on the campus of Washington University for Renal Cell Carcinoma research.
Arts for Life sponsored a Jeweltones concert for chondrosarcoma research at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, the disease that affected LeeAnn Smith Cho.
In November of 2001, Arts for life held the benefit "Faith, Hope, Love....Freedom!" to assist the American Red Cross with 9-11 recovery efforts.
"Love Lift us Up", an original musical revue held to raise those affected by the spring tornadoes of 2011, was organized by Arts for Life in the fall of 2011.
In May of 2005, Arts for Life sponsored "A Musical Tribute for Bob Mulch", honoring a great individual who had dedicated countless to the community through musical theatre, choirs, and theatre arts. Bob eventually succumbed to throat cancer, and this wonderful event celebrated the life of someone who gave so much to others, and at the same time raised valuable funds for the American Cancer Society.
Arts for life also works regularly with Food Outreach, assisting the organization with food packing, distribution, and collection for those with HIV and cancer.
Just recently, Arts for Life donated $100 to the 100 neediest cases of St. Louis sponsored by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The LeeAnn Smith Cho Best Musical Performance Award was created to honor the life of one very special woman, Mary LeeAnn Smith Cho, who dedicated her life serving others in countless endeavors. This award may or may not be given each year, but is awarded to an individual who sets themselves apart with a performance or achievement that exhibits a level of excellence rarely seen.
It is our continuing mission to service those in need, to honor those that give unselfishly, to praise stage performance, and to remember those no longer with us that exemplified these qualities. We welcome your time and energy in assisting us!