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Friends of the Arts Play Leading Role at YHC

March 2014

Young Harris College Friends of the Arts (FOTA) platinum member Rev. Richard Hoibraten, of Young Harris, believes in the arts and recognizes how programs like FOTA help students develop into responsible adults with artistic individuality.

“Music, theatre and art touch everyone and promote unity in the human race,” explained Rev. Hoibraten. “I encourage everyone to become involved in the arts at local colleges and share in the experience. These students are phenomenal.”

Rev. Hoibraten has attended music and theatre performances and art gallery exhibitions on the YHC campus for five years. His support for FOTA enables YHC’s Division of Fine Arts to continue to offer quality programming that benefits student development and enhances the local cultural landscape. 

This year, a portion of all 2013-2014 gifts to FOTA will be used to offset student costs for the YHC London Theatre Tour, a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience, May 12-19.

“Any time someone has the opportunity to travel and learn about other cultures, they should take advantage,” said Rev. Hoibraten, “and when someone has the means to give back and help a student experience something new, they should.”

Students attending the London trip will learn about the many facets of theatre and musical theatre while exploring one of the world’s most enchanting and spectacular cultural centers. The trip will include immersive behind-the-scenes tours of the Globe Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Royal National Theatre complex. Students will also have the opportunity to attend performances on London’s famed West End and visit other sites of historical and cultural significance.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing the difference in the popular Broadway hits of the U.S. and London’s West End theatre productions,” said Gina Dropp, a junior theatre major from Kennesaw, who will attend the excursion. “After studying these aspects, it will be exciting to see everything firsthand.” 

Rev. Hoibraten has seen YHC’s fine arts students grow through experiences such as the London Theatre Tour and performing for the community on stage. 

“The arts are all about bridging the generation gap by sharing something special with students at YHC,” said Rev. Hoibraten. “If we don’t support the arts through initiatives like FOTA, the programs won’t grow—and they need to. I give because I love what the arts at YHC do for our area and what the programs do for students.”

To find out more information about FOTA, visit or contact Director of Development and Planned Giving Jennifer McAfee at (706) 379-5318 or