Preservation and Progress:

The
Next Stage
Capital Campaign

NEXT STAGE ARTS PROJECT
Next Stage is a modern, fully accessible 200 seat theater in Putney, Vermont devoted to the idea that live art and cultural events form the lifeblood of a community and region. We present engaging film, theater, spoken word, and music in the main theater, and also provide safe, accessible ancillary space for community gatherings and classes.
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Preservation and Progress:
The Next Stage Capital Campaign

ACCESSIBILITY, SAFETY, COMFORT

“Next Stage is in the midst of a transformation that combines full accessibility and modern comfort for audiences and performers with the preservation of this magical 1841 landmark venue.”
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.

Fundraising Progress, all phases, as of 5/20/2016:
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!

View photos of the construction progress
View the Next Stage Preservation and Progress Campaign Case Statement

Please join us and help Bring It Home in ’16!

FIRST LOOK

WHY NOW?

DONATE

Information

General & Press Inquiries:
Maria Basescu, Executive Director
802-380-5028
mariabasescu@nextstagearts.org

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs:
Billy Straus, Next Stage Arts
Lyssa Papazian, Putney Historical Society

Development Inquiries:
Billy Straus, President
Next Stage Arts Project, Inc.
billystraus@nextstagearts.org

Project Architect:
Chip Greenberg
Greenberg & Associates
Putney, VT.

General Contractor:
GPI Builders,
Brattleboro, VT

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Bring It Home
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FIRST LOOK at the renovation plans for Next Stage

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“The Preservation and Progress Campaign assures that Next Stage will be a fully accessible regional resource for many decades to come.”
Lyssa Papazian, Campaign Co-Chair & Director, Putney Historical Society

The new Next Stage offers a modern, 200 seat theater inside an 1841 landmark building, and includes a community kitchen as well as flexible downstairs space for classes, smaller events, and community gatherings.

Key Improvements and Upgrades:

  • Full accessibility including new elevator and listening assist system
  • Air Handling upgrade including new, high efficiency heating and cooling
  • Life Safety Code Compliance including new sprinkler system
  • Comfortable Theater Seating
  • Dance Floor
  • Excellent sight lines with raked seating
  • Improved lighting & sound
  • New community kitchen
  • Display for Putney Historical Society collection
  • New rest rooms
  • Restoration of historic tin ceiling

Information

General & Press Inquiries:
Maria Basescu, Executive Director
802-380-5028
mariabasescu@nextstagearts.org

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs:
Billy Straus, Next Stage Arts
Lyssa Papazian, Putney Historical Society

Development Inquiries:
Billy Straus, Chair
Next Stage Arts Project, Inc.
billystraus@nextstagearts.org

Project Architect:
Chip Greenberg
Greenberg & Associates
Putney, VT.

General Contractor:
GPI Builders,
Brattleboro, VT

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Finishing Phase 3
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Phase 3: What’s Happening Now?

The final push to complete the renovation of Next Stage is under way RIGHT NOW! Thanks to generous supporters & partners near and far, we have already raised $250,000 of the final $500,000 needed to complete the renovation and establish a maintenance fund to secure the future of our historic, landmark building.

There are also naming and dedication opportunities available in connection with major gifts. Please get in touch for details.

YOU CAN BE PART OF THE NEXT STAGE STORY by helping us reach the goal with a generous donation at whatever level you are able!

“The broad base of support for this project is extremely inspiring, and speaks to our commitment to presenting meaningful and diverse programs, drawing audiences together from near and far”.
Maria Basescu – Executive Director, Next Stage Arts Project

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Next Stage is on the verge of becoming a lasting resource for the entire Windham County region: an accessible and modern 200 seat theater and community space inside an 1841 landmark building.

Classical music, award winning authors, documentary films, serious dramatic stage productions, folk/pop music, vaudeville, community suppers, and more.

With Phases 1 and 2 of the renovation complete. now is the time.

 

YOUR participation is key! Help Bring It Home in ’16!

CC_nsap_coverRead the detailed
Capital Campaign Case Statement here.

Information

General & Press Inquiries:
Maria Basescu, Executive Director
802-380-5028
mariabasescu@nextstagearts.org

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs:
Billy Straus, Next Stage Arts
Lyssa Papazian, Putney Historical Society

Development Inquiries:
Billy Straus, Chair
Next Stage Arts Project, Inc.
billystraus@nextstagearts.org

Project Architect:
Chip Greenberg
Greenberg & Associates
Putney, VT.

General Contractor:
GPI Builders,
Brattleboro, VT