Stark Foundation enhances programs, memberships
The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is excited to announce a new brand and website that unite their venues-Stark Museum of Art, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, The W.H. Stark House and Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts-under a single brand of STARK Cultural Venues and website at www.starkculturalvenues.org.
The new website allows visitors to easily navigate from one venue to another to locate information and has a comprehensive calendar of events, where one can easily see upcoming events at all of the STARK Cultural Venues. In addition, a new membership program has been developed, which offers a year of free admission, program participation opportunities and other member benefits at all its venues. The new STARK Cultural Venues membership program begins in January 2013. These efforts and others are being implemented to provide a more cohesive offering of the STARK Cultural Venues to the public and its members.
As part of these efforts, a new admission system is being implemented, and on January 11, 2013, admission fees are changing to bring consistency and value to each program area. As we work behind-the-scenes configuring this new system, the dates of January 8, 9 and 10 will be free days at all venues, with the exception of Lutcher Theater. Through this new admission system, any visitor who purchases an admission ticket to more than one venue will receive a dollar off the admission cost at each venue.
|Shangri La Gardens||Shangri La Outpost Tour||The W.H. Stark House||Stark Museum
|STARK Cultural Venues Members:||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE|
(age 65 and up):
|Students (w/ ID) and children (ages10 -17):||$5||$5||$5||$5||$16|
(under 4 years of age):
*Children under 10 years of age are not permitted in The W.H. Stark House. Children under 4 years of age or not permitted on the Outpost Tours. (Note: Entry to Lutcher Theater is not a benefit of STARK Cultural Venues membership and requires the purchase of a ticket for performances.)
The new STARK Cultural Venues membership program, which will begin in January 2013, provides free admission to Stark Museum, Shangri La and The Stark House, a variety of member benefits, and invitations to member-only events throughout the year. Rates for the STARK Cultural Venues membership program are as follows:
Individual Memberships – $60
Couples/Dual – $90
Family – $120
Star Membership (formerly Orchid) – $250
Crescent Moon Membership (formerly Azalea) – $500
During a special presale period from Dec. 11 – Jan. 8, memberships will be available for advance purchase at Shangri La at a discount of 15% off the new rates, with an additional 10% discount for Charter Members of Shangri La who remain in good standing. Information about the new STARK Cultural Venues membership program is available at each of the venues and at www.starkculturalvenues.org.
Jay Jones, Marketing Manager of the Stark Foundation said, “The STARK Cultural Venues-Stark Museum, Shangri La, The W.H. Stark House and Lutcher Theater-offer unique experiences in art, nature, history and culture. Our efforts have concentrated on presenting these experiences in a collective manner, providing the opportunity for a broad cultural experience unmatched anywhere.”