VPAC Guild Mission and History

VPAC Guild New May 2015

The mission of the VPAC Guild is to reach out to the entire Vail Valley and build awareness, accessibility and audience for the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

A Brief History of the VPAC Guild

The VPAC Guild began in 2004 when 30 women met for “High Tea and Strategy” and formed the Guild. Since then, the VPAC Guild has sponsored the following events:

2005
A reading and performance of Steel Magnolias

2006
Eagle County art students were guided through a Rembrandt etching exhibit

2007
The Chieftains Pre-Performance Reception

2008
Jesus Christ Superstar Pre-Performance Reception

2009
The Rat Pack is Back Pre-Performance Reception

2010
Fundraiser and membership drive at D’Oro Restaurant
100 Days of Broadway Pre-Performance Reception

2011
Keb Mo Pre-Performance Reception

2012
Randy Travis Pre-Performance Reception

2013
Foodie Event at the Beaver Creek Club with entertainment by Kelley Zinge
Summer Dinner-Concert Fundraisers in private homes

2014
Foodie Event at the Beaver Creek Club with entertainment by Peter Fontanese
Kris Gary Tea Fundraiser
Summer Dinner-Concert Fundraisers in private homes
Underground Sound "Discover the Pass" Party

2015
"A Feast for the Arts" Fundraiser and Membership Drive
Ski Day with lunch at Beano's Cabin
Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees Show! Pre-Performance Costume Party
Aspen to Crested Butte Hike
Summer Dinner-Concert Fundraisers in private homes


VPAC Guild Underwriting History:

2014-2015 Winter Dance Series and the Community Performance Fund
2013-2014 Winter Dance Series and STARS Series
2012-13 Winter Dance Series and STARS (Support the Arts Reaching Students)
2012 Nanci Griffith
2011-12 Winter Dance Series
2011 Keb Mo
2010 Alvin Ailey Dance Company
2009 Chris Botti and the Colorado Symphony
2008 Jesus Christ Superstar
2007 The Chieftains
2006 Soweto Gospel Choir2005 Santa Fe Ballet
2004 Isabel Byrackdarian Recital

                              

Community Outreach:

Diavolo kids        

Students react to a performance of Diavolo Dance Theater

2006
Provided tickets for kids in The Buddies Program to attend “The Nutcracker”.

2008
Provided meals and housing for kids in the Chicago Children’s Choir.

2009
Provided tickets for kids in mobile home parks to attend “Charlotte’s Web”.

2010
Provided “Frog and Toad” books to Magic Bus students and tickets to the show.

Provided tickets for 32 mentors from The Buddies Program to attend the “Local Color” film.

Provided $1400 for scholarships for two Vail Performing Arts Academy students.

Provided tickets to kids from the Literacy Project for the STARS show “Nate the Great”.

Provided tickets for Eagle County Senior Citizens to attend the Kenny G concert.

2011
Provided series passes for “Underground Sound” to 23 Eagle County “Educator of the Year” award winners.

Provided dinner for local music students who performed with “The Dallas Brass”.

Provided $1400 for 3 scholarships (one full, two half) for students of the Vail Performing Arts Academy to attend summer camp and perform in the fall.

2012
Provided tickets to Pilobolus for 8 Avon Elementary School students with perfect attendance in the “Celebrate the Beat” program.

Provided donated tickets to Moscow Ballet for dance kids.

Provided $3080 for 4 scholarships to attend the Vail Performing Arts Academy summer camp.

Provided 20 Underground Sound Season passes to Colorado Mountain College faculty and staff.

Provided a master class and Q&A session for serious young local dancers with Ailey II of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

2013
Provided tickets totaling over $900 for Battle Mountain High School music students to attend the performance of opera superstar Jonas Kaufmann.

Subsidized tickets for Eagle County Seniors to attend 100 Year of Broadway.

Subsidized tickets for Eagle County Seniors to attend The Jason Bishop Magic Show with their families.

Provided 30 Gypsum Creek Middle School students who were performing the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. at their school, to the professional production of Fiddler on the Roof. 

Established the Kristen Gary Scholarship Fund in honor of a founding member of the VPAC Guild, for the purpose of providing serious older arts students with professional outside training. In its first year, over $5,000 went towards student tuition at Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park.  

Provided scholarships for local students to attend the Vail Performing Arts Academy, Vail Valley Academy of Dance, UNC Dance Camp Greeley, and recording in a Breckenridge music studio. 

Provided Underground Sound series passes to employees of Howard Head Sports Physical Therapists, the Eagle County Airport, Bright Futures Foundation, and Eagle County Health and Human Services.

Provided transportation for nearly 200 Magic Bus children and parents to attend Imago Theatre’s "Frogz".

2014
Provided scholarships for local students to attend Vail Performing Arts Academy’s summer theater camp, culminating in a performance on the VPAC stage.

Provided scholarships for the Harid Conservatory of Dance, for voice lessons, and for the Battle Mountain High School Dance Team’s summer dance camp.

Provided a meet & greet/mentor opportunity with artist Joe Bonamassa for a high school student interested in a career in recording music.

Provided 14 local students with scholarships to the Vail Performing Arts Academey, Vail Valley Academy of Dance, and Studio 8100.

Through the Kristen Gary Scholarship, 5 students attended Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park for professional training, one of which was a returning student from the previous year.

Provided Underground Sound series passes to employees of Eagle County Library District and the Buddy Mentors program.

2015
Provided partial scholarships for local students to attend Vail Performing Arts Academy’s summer theater camp, and Vail Valley Academy of Dance summer classes, culminating in performances on the VPAC stage. 

Provided partial scholarships for the Vail Valley Dance Intensive, Aspen Theatre Workshop, Studio 8100 dance camp, and for voice lessons.


The VPAC Guild hosts an annual membership reception each summer and winter. We have no paid staff. Our revenues support underwriting of VPAC programs and community outreach.