Burlington Fine Arts League is organized to support and promote the arts in the Des Moines County and Burlington, Iowa.
The league provides financial support through scholarships and by contributions to art related projects of local organizations.
It is the expressed mission of the Burlington Fine Arts League members to insure the arts for the future of our community through our personal involvement and financial support of area arts related organizations, thereby the preservation of the arts and history of the past.
We are a group of women and men who organize one major fundraising event each year. GALA is an elegant event that brings supporters of the arts together for an enjoyable evening of charity. The night entails silent auction bidding, raffle ticket drawings, beautiful art and an energetic live auction.
In just the last five years, the Burlington Fine Arts League raised over $200,000 at the GALA to be awarded. In the past year more than $20,000 has been awarded as scholarships to students from all over the Des Moines County area. We also contributed over $30,000 to art related organizations, events and school activities. The Fine Arts League takes great pride in investing in our community’s effort to maintain and expand the arts. 100% of the money raised by the Burlington Fine Arts League is donated back to the community.
History of the League Incorporated in 1971, the Burlington Fine Arts League’s initial Board of Directors were five women: Mrs. Paul Kuenzle, Mrs. W.S. Gardner, Mrs. Warren Churchill, Mrs. R.K. Burrus, & Mrs. David Burrus. Fundraising started in 1974 with an event called the “Fine Arts Frolics”. This was a dance, dinner and auction of donated items and purchased items. In 1977, the first “GALA” (Grand Auction for the Living Arts) event was held and it raised $10,000. Its proceeds went to the following organizations: BAAC Bel Canto Chorale, Burlington Art Guild, Civic Music, Des Moines County Historical Society, & Player’s Workshop.