Community Corner 2011
HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES AFFECTING OFF-OFF-BROADWAY
Here is a list of important events and happenings and ways for you to get involved now, support the community and help promote the needs of Indie Theatre. (Community Corner was originally created in May of 2009)
- Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) fighting for performance venue
EAT is hoping to hear this week whether or not the Department of Buildings will allow them to obtain a certificate of occupancy for the 45th Street Theatre and thereby take over the lease for this long-established performing venue. It has been a hard-fought battle that has included remeasuring the space, looking at building codes and addressing some outdated 50 year old paperwork. If the D of B rules in their favor, EAT will have a new home and the venue will continue to be a performing space for many OOB theatres. Read more ...
Are charitable giving incentives disappearing?
New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) urges Congress to retain giving incentives (tax breaks) that help support non-profits.
Learn more about this issue
Read the nonprofit community letter
Add your signature to the letter
- OOB Audience Survey
The Innovative Theatre Foundation is conducting the fourth part of our OOB research project. This study focuses on OOB Audiences. If you are an OOB Audience member, please take the survey today. If you have a production that will be performing in the next few months, we could use your help. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Profoundly Rewarding Experience: Voices Inside Playwrighting Residency at Northpoint
In 2011, Off-Off-Broadway playwright, Mac Rogers became the first playwright to participate in the Voices Inside Playwriting Residency at Northpoint Training Center. Northpoint is a male population medium security prison in Burgin, Kentucky. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 residency. Read about Mac's experience and check out the details for this unique and rewarding program. More info here...
- FAB Festival
On September 24, the Fourth Arts Block hosted their annual FAB Festival with free performances, a craft fair, site specific works and gourmet food. OOB was well represented.
- $20 Million cut from NEA in 2012
Americans for the Arts reports that on July 14th, the House Appropriations Committee passed their initial FY2012 Interior Department funding bill, which contains a $20 million cut to the NEA. Send a message to your Members of Congress and let them know how important the arts are to you.
- Theatre World v67
For the last 67 years, Theatre World has been documenting Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and has become the leading archivist of information for American Theatre. (There is more information about Theatre World at the end of this email.) In 2009 they began to include Off-Off-Broadway. Find out more...
NEA releases study on the value of the arts The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report titled "Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities," which measures the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities; organizational revenue and expenses; and direct consumer spending. Check out the full report.
- Brooklyn Townhall Meeting: Property Tax Relief for All NYC Non-Profit Performing Art Organizations
On May 9, 2011 The Innovative Theatre Foundation and The League of Independent Theatre co-hosted a Brooklyn Town Hall to discuss the progress of the tax relief proposal. Read more about it.
* More about the Brooklyn Town Hall
* Learn more about the tax relief proposal
* Tax Relief FAQ
* See if your company/venue would qualify for tax relief
- OOB Townhall Meeting
On Monday, March 21, 2011, ICSCS – The Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability – hosted a townhall meeting that presented an update on the Tax Abatement proposal and several other proposals including 1% for Culture.
This is what happened....
- The Soho Think Tank Finds a New Home
For those of us who have been following the intrepid struggles of the Soho Think Tank - losing their home on Wooster Street, then finding camaraderie and a temporary space at 3LD - will be happy to hear that they have a new home of their own. They will now be taking over the Wings Theatre in the Archive Building. Read more in this New York Times article.
Check out the 2010 Community Corner.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- NY State Budget Due
In a message sent out on 3/18 Governor Cuomo says that he has submitted the state budget, but will be meeting with leaders of the Democrat and Republican parties to modify and finalize it over the next few weeks. There is still time to write to the Governor and express your opinions. With a 10% cut to NYSCA (more than to any other state agency) we need to let our government officials know how important arts are to us. You can post your thoughts to the Governor's Facebook page, or even better, as Will Maitland Weiss suggests send a letter. Check here to find your legislators.
Check out the COMMUNITY ACTION page for ways that you can make a difference now.
Also check out the Community Corner for 2010.