Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Innovative Project Grant

We are proud to announce that our inaugural production: As You Like It has received the 2010 Culture Works Innovative Projects Grant. Ours was one of three projects from 20 applicants selected and has received $4,000 in support to help us meet our budget goals.

The astounding part is that before we received this grant we had already been blessed with an accomplished passionate director, brilliant cast, an unspeakably supportive, smart, and capable stage manager (an often unheralded position) all of whom agreed to work for little to no money. I believe it was this commitment that evidenced our promise and encouraged the generous support from Culture Works.

This grant serves as our "good house-keeping" seal of approval. We can't thank Yellow House enough (another local non-profit) for signing on as our fiscal agent to help with the distribution and management of these funds. Now our next step is to use this success to raise more money to meet our budget hopes in order that we may compensate the dedication, determination, hard work (and buckets of sweat from performing outdoors in the summer) of the cast, crew, director, and musicians.

Below you can find a link to the Culture Works web-site to learn more about this important organization that champions arts in Richmond.

But I felt like included their mission in this post was important so here it is also:
  • Lead public and political advocacy expressing the collective voice of the region’s arts and culture.
  • Strengthen arts and culture organizations and independent cultural artists by providing grants, engaging technical training and support, enabling networking and collaboration, and publicly celebrating their work.
  • Be a catalyst for diverse partnerships, and a convener of diverse players, for projects that make the Richmond region ever stronger.

Stay tuned Bard Fans for upcoming Cast bios, and head-shots as we continue to create Theatre in Battery Park!

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