The Friends is a not-for-profit organisation, of approximately 2200 members. We provide monetary support to HOTA – almost $30,000 last financial year. We also provide several grants via scholarships to other outstanding youth and individuals seeking to pursue a career in the Arts. We are major sponsors of the various youth projects on offer from the Arts Centre Gold Coast, having donated over $400,012 over the last 20 years.
In addition to supporting various youth programs, the Friends is a major contributor to HOTA. Since its inception, we have purchased many items including pianos, furniture storage boxes for ceramics, computers, and special lighting. We have commissioned a sculpture for the sculpture walk, supported artists by providing prizes for competitions in painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics as well as purchasing wigs and costumes and supported local musical productions.
In 2016, the Friends provided $25,665 to HOTA Youth Arts Programs. We have also donated to the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards, The Arts Centre Gallery, the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and the Friends’ Gift Fund awardees.