|Dear Friends, |
It’s that time of year again: time for us to tell you how much we truly appreciate our supporters, express our sincere gratitude, and ask once again for your support. First things first, to those who have given time, money, energy, talent — we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We’ve had an incredible year of milestones, and we have so much to look forward to. We wouldn’t be here without our donors and friends. Thank you so much.
I won’t mince words. We need your support, now more than ever.
Let me tell you why: We believe in the work that we do, together. And we strive to do our best for our students. We are ready to do more. Together. At MAP, we tell our students: the stage is yours, what do you want to do with it? And our students answer that call with intelligence, imagination, and empathy every day. Because of our supporters like you, we are building a strong community hub for young creatives poised to become bold and empathetic leaders, ready to face life’s challenges.
In the last 15 years, we’ve professionally produced over 700 plays written by young people with the help of over 500 volunteer artists. This year for the first time ever, our shows will be produced with subtitles and our playbills will be bilingual. This is long overdue, and reflects our commitment to investing in practices that truly embody our values of equity and inclusion.
There is so much more we want to offer our students and community, to meet their needs and potential, so we turn to you.
What do we need? Over the next seven years, we are seeking to raise $25,000 in new funding each year, so that we can continue to bring our students’ dreams and voices to the stage, by increasing our staff base and providing our students more space to create.
With your help we will reach the following goals:Opening the MAP Studio at the Wilbury Theatre Group! This new space will benefit our students in measurable and immeasurable ways – including access to The Wilbury Group’s theatre, which provides us a space to produce our work in our Olneyville neighborhood, as well as a rehearsal space and storage for our production materials. This new space is necessary for our continued growth, and comes with new expenses. Stronger and more community engaged programs that involve our student playwrights as leaders and directors, including: a student-produced podcast of radio plays commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment; an Olneyville Walking Performance Tour re-imagining and activating important sites in our neighborhood through performance.Stronger and more community-engaged programs A Teen Voices “Apprenticeship Lab” for our older students to become leaders within our organization. The Teen Voices Apprentice interns learn and practice skills that can be applied to all types of careers. They direct, dramaturge, stage manage, and serve as the lighting and sound designers and board operators for the plays by younger MAP students. They assist MAP instructors in the classroom as assistants, and in the office as administrative interns. Students are paid a stipend for help with savings for college. Continued and stronger partnerships with our collaborators at the Olneyville Collaborative, William D’Abate Community School, the Brown/Trinity MFA program, The RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, the Olneyville Library, The Wilbury Theatre Group, The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, The City of Providence, Rhode Island Latino Arts, the Central Providence Health Equity Zone, and more.So we are asking today, can you please give and give more than ever before? Any amount – $5, $10, $50, $100, $500 – will truly make a difference. And you can become a monthly sustain-er through our MAPMakers Guild – giving any amount each month, automatically. So, $1000 a year translates to roughly $84 a month, or $21 a week, or $3 a day. And $100 a year translates to just $8 a month.
These kinds of sustaining gifts help us provide healthy snacks to our students and keep our lights shining bright at the clubhouse. To sign up, click here!
We hope you will join us on this journey. And we hope to see you at our shows this year! This year’s play festivals include Hear Our Voces, an incredible musical by 5th graders with a story about the power of young people to enact changes in their communities to save the world, just presented in early November; next up in April, Keep on the Sunny Side: Obras de Optimismo will focus on finding the light in even the darkest of times; in June, Food and Festivales will invite audiences to participate in some of our students’ favorite and most important cultural traditions.
Thank you. Our supporters make MAP possible. And MAP makes so much possible. Together, let’s keep the dreams of young people alive and on center stage.
All of the best,
Executive Artistic Director
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PS: MAP is Hiring! We are seeking a Development and Operations Coordinator.
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