#GivingTuesday: A Message From Courtney Brettle

November 26, 2017

by Courtney Brettle

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. It’s celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, (this year on November 28), and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on end-of-year giving.

As the year comes to a close, we often think of holidays and time with friends and family. It’s also a time of reflection – what we’re thankful for and what we still have yet to accomplish. For me, I like to think there’s always opportunity to try something new, something yet to achieve. With that in mind, as this year comes to an end, I’m mindful of the individuals and organizations that have meant so much to me. Those who have helped me be the best me that I can be, those who give tirelessly of themselves so that our lives might be enriched.

This being my first year with the Arts Council of Princeton, I’m reminded of the impact that the arts have had on me personally and I’m reminded of my blue smock. It was a royal blue smock with primary color buttons that I wore every day to nursey school…every day. With the power of my blue smock I created my first masterpiece, orange and red streaks across a white background. My mother was kind enough to put it in a wooden frame. For years, my masterpiece hung on the same walls with Norman Rockwell and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

I was always more of a ballerina than a painter, but that blue smock was akin to a superhero cape. For all the time my mother spent hosting arts and crafts nights after dinner, I never became the artist that she thought I could, be but she gave me the gift of the arts. As the Director of Development for the Arts Council of Princeton, I have great appreciation for the gift of the arts. With my royal blue cape, I believed that I could accomplish anything. I still have my orange and red masterpiece and Ossawa Tanner’s “The Banjo” now hangs on my walls.

Please take a moment today to give to the Arts Council of Princeton’s Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible gift makes the arts accessible to the many children in our community looking for their next inspiration. Who knows, your gift may be responsible for the next artistic superhero!

Making an online donation is easy, or feel free to contact me directly at cbrettle@artscouncilofprinceton.org.

Have a happy holiday season!

Courtney Brettle
Director of Development
Arts Council of Princeton

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