The 17 organizations designated as cultural partners on the pledge form for United Arts' Campaign for the Arts mostly beat their goals in the annual spring fund drive. These partner organizations determine their individual goals and then report them to United Arts, which leads the campaign.
The biggest winners this year: The Seminole Cultural Arts Council, which took in $7,364 — a whopping 245 percent over its goal. Orlando Shakespeare Center, with a much bigger budget, collected $319,862, which was 220 percent over its goal. Other groups who more than doubled their goal were the Downtown Arts District ($10,081) and the opera fund managed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra ($159,627).That's certainly a hopeful sign for the future of opera in Central Florida.
Just four groups came up short.
With donations of $116,397, Orlando Museum of Art reached 86 percent of its goal. The Philharmonic's non-opera programming collected $415,634, which was 92 percent of goal.
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, which presents the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, hit 95 percent of its target with donations of $14,202. And the Crealde School of Art just missed its goal, reaching 98 percent, with $44,128.
Donors can also designate their funds to other organizations. Among the "write-in" groups, Mad Cow Theatre collected the most, $17,444.
Money not given to a specific group goes into the United Arts Arts for All fund, which is distributed to more than 50 organizations in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties. That fund collected $237,846.
Here are the final results for the cultural partners, from United Arts:
• Art & History Museums – Maitland: $29,768 (106%)
• Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community: $14.202 (95%)
• Bach Festival Society: $158,807 (127%)
• Crealde School of Art: $44,128 (98%)
• Downtown Arts District: $10,081 (202%)
• Enzian Theater: $56,386 (125%)
• Orange County Regional History Center: $28,655 (102%)
• Orlando Ballet: $140,437 (117%)
• Orlando Museum of Art: $116,397 (86%)
• Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra: $415,634 (92%)
• Orlando Philharmonic — Opera: $159,627 (213%)
• Orlando Repertory Theatre: $47,677 (129%)
• Orlando Science Center: $152,630 (117%)
• Orlando Shakespeare Theater: $319,862 (220%)
• Osceola Center for the Arts: $7,234 (181%)
• Seminole Cultural Arts Council: $7,364 (245%)
• Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center: $7,906 (144%)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun