Celebrating the extraordinary women who have made our home community such a dynamic and inspiring place to live since 1937
Update 3/12/2012: With 20 days left in our campaign, we have already reached our original goal of $1678! We are thrilled to have the raised the funds we needed to match the grant monies we received from Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council! However, we actually still need to raise another $1674 to cover all the remaining expenses of the project. We've been planning other efforts to raise those additional funds, but we would be honored to have your additional support here! Thank you so much!
What is Hometown Heroes?
I'm Angella Foster, the artistic director of alight dance theater, and I'm excited to tell you about our next project entitled Hometown Heroes: 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women. Established in 1937, Greenbelt, Maryland was built by the FDR administration during the Depression as an experiment in modern town planning. In observation of the official 75th anniversary of the City, our project will honor the stories of Greenbelt women--past and present, young and old--whose contributions continue to make this city such a dynamic and inspiring place to live. The artists of alight dance theater will create a site-specific dance / movement installation situated in and around the Greenbelt Museum home which explores the experiences of the women who lived in Greenbelt as young mothers and “homemakers” in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s to the present day.
The work will be informed by oral histories and other documentation of the lives of women in Greenbelt as available in the Greenbelt Museum collection and the Greenbelt city archives. Audiences will have three mediums through which to experience the work: as an on-going live dance installation / tour from 1-3 p.m. on June 3 & 24 and July 15 & 22, 2012; a one-day installation at the Greenbelt Community Center on Sunday, August 5, 1-3 p.m. and an on-line short film posted on YouTube.
Why do we need your support?
All three avenues for experiencing Hometown Heroes live or on film will be available at little or no cost to the audience with the intention of making this project accessible to as many people as possible. There will be a small admission charge for the museum tours; however, all these ticket sales will benefit the Greenbelt Museum. So, we've been fundraising our little hearts out to make this project happen! We are so grateful for the funds we've received from the City of Greenbelt, Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council and the Greenbelt Community Foundation, but, we still need to raise $1678 to cover the expenses for the project. That's where you come in. With your support, we can meet our goal and raise the rest of the funds we need to cover the expenses for this project including the costs of costumes, props, sound and video equipment rental, printing programs and honorariums for our hard-working dancers and collaborating artists.
And, it's tax deductible!
alight dance theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation (after the cost of reward) is tax deductible.
Where will your money go?
Every contribution received through this campaign will go directly to the project!
Our Kickstarter goal is to raise $1678, but the actual cost of this project is $18,680! Through community partnerships and the generosity of our talented artists, this project is supported by $11,800 of in-kind donations of time, talent and rehearsal space. And, we've already raised $3528 in grants to help cover the $6880 estimated cash expenses for the project. Your generous donation will help us make a another leap forward.
What are the rewards of giving?
Well, of course, giving is its own reward because it will make you feel awesome about being the generous, community-minded person that you are. Besides that, you'll be eligible to receive one of our handmade / one-of-kind / super fun thank you gifts like:
- a Hometown Heroes cast photo signed by our fabulous talented dancers
- a 1940's style vintage look apron handmade by our Artistic Director, Angella Foster
- two tickets to a post-show reception on Sunday, June 3 catered by our culinary genius Board member, Jeremy Ehrenreich, who makes the best food you'll ever eat (Okay, if not the best, pretty darn amazing, we promise. So, yeah, it is pretty rewarding to be a giver!)
About alight dance theater
alight dance theater creates performance events which celebrate the power
of story and inspire others to be compassionate viewer-participants in their communities. Blending dance, physical theater and spoken word, alight is a dynamic community of collaborative artists founded by Greenbelt resident Angella Foster in January 2010. Our debut work entitled Speechless gave voice to the stories of four families caring for special needs children who cannot communicate through verbal language. This evening-length work was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and premiered on the Millennium Stage in October 2010. Speechless was also performed at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. and at the Greenbelt Community Center with support from the Prince George's Arts Council.
Well, first of all, we'll be super-excited and honored to have the support of so many wonderful people. Practically speaking, we set our http://Kickstarter.com goal at $1678 in order to raise funds to match the monies we've received from the Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council; however, we actually still need to raise another $1674 in funds to cover all the expenses of the project. We have other fundraisers planned to meet that goal, but it would be great if we could raise those funds here!
I don't live or work in or near Greenbelt, Maryland. How can I experience the project if I decide to help fund it?
Well, we are hoping to create a short film based on the piece which we will release to Kickstarter backers like you if we are able to raise the funds needed to make it happen. We did not include this as a pledge reward because our time frame for the editing is still in the planning stages. But, we hope to be able to get a nice video work of the piece available by the end of 2012.