A Community Template for Change
Crowdfund of the Week
For over 38 years Catamount Arts has served as a bastion of culture for northwestern Vermont and northern New Hampshire. Its mission is to inspire appreciation of and participation in the arts, promote the arts throughout the region, and cultivate the arts as an integral part of community life. In 2006 they accepted the gift of a century-old Greek Revival Masonic Temple, and quickly began renovating the structure into a world-class community arts center, complete with galleries, classrooms, performance space, theaters, offices and more. That gift was accepted with the expectation of a $500,000 federal earmark to fund the project, but with the economic collapse in 2008, those funds did not materialize. Luckily, a group of local banks stepped forward and offered a loan to cover all expenses. In the past year Catamount Arts has launched a campaign to repay the loan in full, which is must-do task before they can truly continue their invaluable work if integrating the arts into their region. On their RocketHub crowdfunding campaign, they describe their needs as follows:
“For us to continue provocative and essential programming we need to shift board and staff focus away from debt relief and onto program development and outreach. Your support of $20 to $500 will be used to fund a permanent home for community arts and allow us to inform, create and educate future generations.”
So far they are one-third of the way there, but obviously still in need. With your support their invaluable work to support all levels of creative culture within their community can become a reality. To donate to crowdfunding campaign, or to learn more about the project, visit their page on RocketHub today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)