CSTP CAMPAIGN HAS COME TO AN END
Hello Friends of the Commercial Street Theatre Project –
We unfortunately write to let you know that it appears as if our journey on this project has come to an end.
As you know, after we were unable to reach our goal through the Indiegogo campaign, we didn’t necessarily feel like we were finished pursuing this community venue. We were contacted by several groups and individuals who asked us to keep trying, and we were contacted by some fundraising folks who said they could help us raise the money. With this new information, we went before City Council on August 12th and asked them to allow us more time. They voted…we lost.
We are disappointed that we weren’t able to realize this venue for the community, but we are proud of our efforts and your support. If we regroup and try to move forward with a new plan, we will be in touch.
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer!
The CSTP committee:
Commercial Street Theatre Project is a non-profit organization raising funds to create a space for the performing and visual arts.
Funded by individual donations, the space will be a 200-seat, affordable, multi-use arts venue in downtown Bellingham, WA.
Contact us, get involved, and help us contribute to our artistic community!
Bellinghamʼs neighborhoods need a space that is versatile and affordable - accommodating groups, individuals, and organizations with budgets and agendas of all forms. Aside from independent arts groups, Bellingham Public Schools are in serious need for alternative arts resources, as arts departments have been either completely removed or cut by 30-50 percent. Students need an accessible option for creative activity now more than ever. For touring artists, Bellingham struggles to be destination for a wide variety of companies and performances. Bellingham sits between two metropolitan cities that are active in the arts - Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Each city is a vibrant target for outside artists, however Bellingham is often skipped between these destinations due to its insufﬁcient resources. Bellingham is missing a facility that can serve as a leader for expanding artistic exposure and provide creative growth for learners of all ages.
In downtown Bellingham, the Commercial Street block is deemed empty with low activity. A current retail space has remained vacant for one and a half years. With limited trafﬁc, public safety has become a concern for the City, along with slow economic activity for the surrounding local businesses. Downtown Bellingham is hungry for a community resource to kickstart healthy community trafﬁc and help accelerate momentum.
While Whatcom County is in the top ﬁve counties in Washington State for people working in the arts, it lacks a diverse community space for creative activity and exchange. The city alone has 38 performing arts organizations, not including individual artists, groups, schools, or touring artists. However, the current arts venues that exist are either too big, too small, too expensive, or too limited to serve all of these groups. These types of limitations shape the kind of work that is being created. As a result, arts events struggle to be produced and are sporadic around the city with underpaid artists and staff, hindering overall artistic momentum and audience growth.