By John M. Hayden
Dodging COVID-19 and hurricanes is keeping us busy during 2020. The massive crises of this year affect us all at some level. Even in tough times it’s important to remember the institutions that make life in South Florida great in the good times. And that includes the arts and our local arts community.
From movies to concerts to stage productions, just about everything entertaining is cancelled, likely until sometime in 2021. Theaters are designed to entertain as many people at once, which means social-distancing is a challenge, so even when we can stage live entertainment, packed houses are still a long way off. This puts an extra burden on local, independent productions and stages.
Now one person is stepping up to help fill the gap until curtain calls can resume. Darcy Beeman is a local financial guru who’s asking the community to join her in helping the iconic Island City Stage in Wilton Manors.
She works with Edward Jones as a Certified Financial Planner™. It’s a job that lets her help others plan for their financial future without worrying about ulterior motives. “I am proud to work for Edward Jones. For 20 years I have seen my firm have a singular focus on doing what is right for the client,” she told me. “Everything we do starts from there. Lots of companies say that, but I truly feel we live it. Over the years I have had the privilege of serving some of the kindest, most giving people in our community. Being able to work with clients I enjoy spending time with and feeling I can make a genuine impact on their lives makes it the best possible career.”
In addition to helping clients, Darcy’s now launching a gift matching program to help support Island City Stage’s Phoenix Fund. She will match donations up to $10,000(US) to help sustain the company during the shut down. Darcy says she’s been a big supporter of sports, but is new to the love of the arts community. “I have spent most of my life around sports and the arts has been sadly missing.” The inspiration came from an artist for the next generation. “Ten years ago I adopted a baby girl. We tried every sport, but one day she had a paint brush in her hand and suddenly she introduced me to a new world. She, Addison, loves to perform and has taken classes at the Broward Center. She has taken art classes and had her art displayed at Fat Village. As I became more aware I began to realize the impact that all forms of art has on so many people. I have sponsored exhibits and events with Stonewall and NSU Art Museum over the past several years. It’s a great way to give back to the community.”
Since social distancing means no “packed houses” for a while, her financial expertise informs her on how the business community (sponsors), who have to recover themselves, can help and partner with the arts community going forward. “There are so many ways to create a win-win. I think we all just need to start talking more and get creative about how we can combine our resources in ways that benefit everyone. The arts are a way to bring people together, and even when we can’t physically be together, we are connected. Businesses could sponsor organization websites or web events, or start a matching campaign as I did. It all creates communication, connection, and awareness. Whether you are a for profit or non-profit organization, this is what we are all after.”
With her child as inspiration, Darcy knows the future of the arts is important. “I love exploring the arts with my daughter. It is something we can experience and enjoy together. I also feel that teaching kids about philanthropy when they are young leaves a lasting impact that helps to create long term change.”
Lasting impacts is something Darcy practices professionally as a Certified Financial Planner™. It may sound like a complicated position, and it takes skill, but she explains it best. “In the simplest terms, I help people reach their financial goals. This entails helping them define their goals, putting a plan in place and managing their investments and cash flow. It includes providing products to protect their investments and also helping them to define their legacy goals. I love being able to help clients find ways to give back to the community through their planning.”
Reach out to Darcy to help keep our arts community afloat, and don’t be afraid to reach out to keep your future bright. You can connect with her by email at Darcy.Beeman@EdwardJones.com or at her office, (954) 463-1933.