The Next Stage Capital Campaign
ACCESSIBILITY, SAFETY, COMFORT
Billy Straus, Campaign Co-Chair and Next Stage Arts President
In 2010, a small group of community artists began programming music, spoken word, and film in this beautiful, historic former church building in the center of Putney, Vermont. The building had wonderful bones, but was in desperate need of major system upgrades. A few years in, despite the peeling paint and lack of accessibility, Next Stage had established itself as a vital hub of activity, drawing audiences from far and wide. In 2014, a major grant from ArtPlace America helped to launch the Preservation and Progress Capital Campaign, bringing the definitive upgrades to the building into the realm of the possible.
With your partnership, 2016 brings us the opportunity to complete the building’s transformation into a modern, state of the art performance venue with a community kitchen and flexible space for classes, community suppers, and smaller events on the first floor. We will restore the historic windows and repaint the building exterior. We will deepen Next Stage’s engagement with the community, honoring the power of art and performance, and the value of real time, shared experiences.
Pledged: $1,500,000 | Remaining: $250,000
Phases 1 & 2 were completed as of 12/31/15, and came on on budget and on time at $1.2 Million. Major kudos to GPI Construction and Greenberg Architects for their excellent work! As of May 2016, the final phase of work, Phase 3, has commenced! It’s an incredibly exciting time for the project, as the finish line is now in sight!
Out of a total Phase 3 budget of $500,000, over $250,000 has ALREADY been pledged by generous friends and neighbors. We have only $250,000 to go and with YOUR SUPPORT we will finish the job this year!
General & Press Inquiries:
Maria Basescu, Executive Director
Capital Campaign Co-Chairs:
Billy Straus, Next Stage Arts
Lyssa Papazian, Putney Historical Society
Billy Straus, President
Next Stage Arts Project, Inc.
Greenberg & Associates