Cultivate is a grass-roots effort, designed to nourish and support community by 1) creating a space for contemporary dance to take root, develop and flourish. Cultivate enlivens the field by bringing cutting edge dance and performance to an area of the country that might not otherwise have access to it, and 2) encouraging a conversation to develop between artist and audience.
I created Cultivate three years ago, when I first moved to rural Northern New Hampshire, one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived. I was lonely for my art kin, and I wanted to feel alive and connected the way I only do when surrounded by artists deep in their making and sharing. What was originally a one day gathering of a few friends, has turned into a lively festival that includes:
- 4 full days of dance workshops for all levels!
- 3 evenings of dance performances on the Mainstage at the historic Colonial Theatre!
- Every. Body. Dances. | A Dance and Education Conference presented in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire!
- a 12 hour town-wide art walk featuring the work of over 100 visual artists, musicians, crafters and performers!
- new this year! Bethlehem's first ever Screendance Festival!
- spontaneous community events, flash mobs and surprise guests!
- shared meals and plenty of opportunities for artists and audience to linger and mingle ...
All of this is possible, in part, because of the generous spirit of the many artists and community members involved. More than 20 dance makers, musicians and designers are traveling from all over the country to make this magical event happen. And there are dozens of folks here in NH freely their giving time and resources to form the fertile soil that supports the festival from the ground up.
But I need your help to really pull this off! The money raised in this campaign will help pay the artists' performance and teaching honoraria, as well as their room and board during the festival. It will pay two very talented designers, Kathy Couch (lights) and Tori Lawrence (graphics) a fraction of what they are worth for their gorgeous work and countless hours spent working on the festival. It will also help me advertise and promote Cultivate to the wider community of Northern New Hampshire New England and beyond, and pay for all the little things no one ever thinks about, like renting a dance floor for the Colonial Theatre and printing maps for the the ArtWalk. And, it helps me keep the class fees and ticket prices affordable, so that as many people can take advantage of what Cultivate has to offer them as possible.
Anything you can give will help me make Cultivate a reality, and move the festival towards sustainability. Every little bit helps, and means so much to me, and my community. Thank you for all that you do in your own lives, in your own communities, to make the world a better place. On behalf of the entire community of Cultivate, I thank you for your support.
Warm greetings from the White Mountains... Come visit sometime! gratefully yours,
The Artists of Cultivate 2013
Amy Barr | Paul Besaw | Nicole Bindler & Curt Haworth | Meredith Bove | Melinda Buckwalter & Kent Alexander | Kathy Couch | Marlee Grace | Arthur Fink | Clyde Forth | Ellie Goudie-Averill | Beau Hancock | Maré Hieronimus | Tori Lawrence | Meredith Lyons | Cynthia McLaughlin | Karl Rogers | Ellen Smith Ahern & Lida Winfield
Risks and challenges
Creating and building Cultivate is a labor of love, my gift to my community.
It's been an enormous undertaking to bring this vision to life. The challenge now is finding ways to make this festival sustainable. That includes building an infrastructure of support so that as the festival grows, we'll be ready for it. My goal this year is to grow that base of support, cultivate new avenues of funding, sponsorship and community partnerships to ensure Cultivate can continue to send down roots in Bethlehem.
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