Crowdfunding campaign launched for the Pre-Enactment Theater

INDIANAPOLIS – The Monon 16 neighborhood in Indianapolis will soon have a unique vision for its future thanks to a new crowdfunding campaign led by the Harrison Center for the Arts. The campaign is being offered using the crowdfunding platform Patronicity through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places initiative.

“We are excited to use theater as a tool to develop a new visioning process for a neighborhood, a way to revitalize without excluding, and an opportunity to grow economically but in community values, as well,” said Joanna Taft, Executive Director of the Harrison Center for the Arts.

The funds raised during the campaign will allow the Harrison Center for the Arts to fuel neighborhood and commercial revitalization through the use of arts and theater. Local actors and set designers will collaborate with three schools, multiple artists, and community stakeholders to envision the Monon 16 neighborhood the way it could be - equitable, just, thriving, and vibrant - using “pre-enactment” instead of “re-enactment.” In this area of the city, 32.7% of residents live below the poverty line and 33% of properties are vacant. Pre-enactment will target vacant storefronts and abandoned lots on 3 blocks of 16th Street which will be re-envisioned as vibrant, healthy community assets.

“This project is exciting as it connects the arts to both neighborhood and private business revitalization,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “By collaborating with local artists and other stakeholders, this project will certainly enhance the Monon 16 neighborhood."

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by February 15th, 2017 the Pre-Enactment Theater project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by CreatINg Places, a program of IHCDA. For project details and to donate, please click here.

CreatINg Places employs a donation and reward-based method of crowdfunding called “crowdgranting”. In crowdgranting, citizens actively support projects and activities through web-based donations which, if the fundraising goal is reached within a set time, are matched by a sponsor.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities or neighborhoods which contain a traditional downtown or traditional neighborhood commercial node. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.

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