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stl250 Cake

stl250 Cake in front of the Centene Center for Arts and Education, home of the Arts and Education Council and 17 nonprofit arts organizations.

Visit the Centene Center for Arts and Education, home of the Arts and Education Council and 17 other arts and arts education organizations, and discover one of the stl250 Cakes! The Centene Center’s stl250 Cake is part of “Cakeway to the West,” described on www.stl250.org as “one part public art exhibit, one part scavenger hunt and one part history lesson.” 250 cakes are being exhibited through the end of 2014 at various historical, cultural and one-of-a-kind places in the St. Louis region. The two-tiered cakes are made of fiber glass and stand 4 feet tall and 36 inches wide. The cake in front of the Centene Center was created by artist Emily Cross.

The purpose of the “Cakeway to the West” is to provide an interactive almanac of locations that will provide a glimpse of St. Louis’s history, present and future. stl250 has created an interactive app with Arch Grant recipient, Candy Lab, that will help users learn more about each cake location. Users are able to “check in” at each cake location and are awarded points. Users with the most points are eligible to win prizes in drawings taking place in June and December.

Come down to Grand Center visit the Centene Center’s Cake at 3547 Olive Street. Learn more about “Cakeway to the West.”

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Oz is coming to the Tower Grove Abbey with the help of power2give.org!

Stray Dog Theatre, an Arts and Education Council Grantee, posted a project titled, “Bring Oz to the Tower Grove Abbey,” on A&E’s power2give.org website in November. The stray dog wizard of ozproject received close to $7,000 from the online campaign, which will allow the theatre to produce their first-ever Stray Pups Youth main-stage performance, The Wizard of Oz. The production has 65 students ages 7-18 from the St. Louis area in the cast.

Originally founded in 2003, the newest Stray Dog Theatre program was seeking to raise funds for their first-ever youth performance. The funds raised will go toward costumes, set building, securing scripts and marketing, among other things to aid in production of the play.

“Power2give was instrumental in Stray Dog Theatre raising the funds needed to produce its first ever Stray Pups Youth main-stage performance. 65 young actors and their families’ lives were enlightened by the transformative experience of the theatre, in part because of the power2give campaign,”  Managing Director of Stray Dog Theatre Wendy Markum said.

stray dog logoThe total cost of the production is close to $29,000, but Stray Dog secured more than half of the estimated budget before posting the project on power2give. The production has been in the works since January, and is slated to run from May 8-11 at the Tower Grove Abbey. Tickets are general admission and $15. Click here to purchase your tickets for the show.

Also on the slate for Stray Dog Theatre is their production of the musical Cabaret, which runs from April 2-18. Cabaret is based on the short novel by Christopher Isherwood titled, Goodbye to Berlin, and details the decadence and peril in 1930s Germany as the power of the Nazi’s Third Reich begins to take hold.

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Update: DisAbility Project fully funded on power2give

That Uppity Theatre Company fully funded their power2give.org project titled, The DisAbility Project. The theatre was seeking $10,000 in order to bring their successful project into St. Louis area schools. The DisAbility project set a record for highest number of donors in power2give history.

disability projectFounded in 1995, the DisAbility project has been touring Missouri and Illinois but now will bring the project into schools to share the important lessons of anti-bullying and inclusion.  That Uppity Theatre Company will travel to ten financially disadvantaged schools that otherwise could not afford this program without the help of power2give.

“With guidance and encouragement from A&E, we embarked on our first online campaign through power2give for our award-winning DisAbility Project to raise money for performances at economically challenged schools,” That Uppity Theatre Company Artistic Director Joan Lipkin said.

The $10,000 raised will cover performances in up to ten schools at a free or reduced cost to them, as well as other rehearsal and performance costs.

Cast members with Mayor Francis Slay Photo Courtest of That Uppity Theatre Company.

Cast members with Mayor Francis Slay
Photo Courtest of That Uppity Theatre Company.

“We worked very hard and attracted more donors than any campaign in the history of power2give. We will use this donor base to keep people more informed about our work, including our upcoming performance of our new dance theatre piece that we are doing with choreographer Jennifer Medina and her company Common Thread Dance at the Touhill May 1-4,” Lipkin said.

The DisAbility Project is one of the only projects of its kind in the country. The project seeks to bring together people with disabilities, as well as those without, to model inclusion. This touring project has played original material about the culture of disabilities for nearly 100,000 people.

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Mustard Seed Theatre project fully funded on power2give

With the help of generous art patrons, Mustard Seed Theatre was able to fully fund their power2give.org project, “Help Us helpusstopbadfallingStop BAD Falling.” The project will give the theatre a new floor, which will be completed in time for their 2014-2015 season. The cost of the entire project was nearly $9,000, but with the help of another grant, the theatre only needed to raise an additional $5,000 on power2give.org. The project was posted in November and the organization reached their funding goal in early February.

The new epoxy floor will address safety concerns that have been around since the theatre mustard seed logowas converted from a chapel 16 years ago. The floor will replace a homemade wooden ramp decorated with glowing duct tape used to guide patrons to their seats. The money needed for the project went for supplies and labor.

“Mustard Seed Theatre is thrilled with the Arts and Education Council’s power2give program. Our first project was a huge success. We were able to combine funding from a previous grant with the funds from power2give to make a significant capital improvement to our theatre space. This project wouldn’t have happened without the funds raised through power2give,” Mustard Seed Theatre Associate Artistic Director Leslie Wobbe said.

The Arts and Education Council with Mustard Seed Theatre thank you for your generous donations that will save the arms, legs, and ankles of many theatre fans, allowing the audience to stay upright and stop bad falling!

Keep checking power2give.org for more arts organizations with project postings.

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Give the DisAbility project a final boost

That Uppity Theatre Company needs your help in funding their power2give.org project disability projecttitled, The DisAbility Project. The project will remain on the site for just two more days, until Friday, Feb. 28, and is nearly 3/4 funded so donate now! Click here to watch a video about the project.

The DisAbility project, founded in 1995, has been touring Missouri and Illinois, but now seeks to bring the project into schools to share the important lessons of anti-bullying and inclusion. With your help, That Uppity Theatre Company will travel to ten financially disadvantaged schools that otherwise could not afford this program.

Cast members with Mayor Francis Slay Photo Courtest of That Uppity Theatre Company.

Cast members with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Photo Courtesy of That Uppity Theatre Company.

Here’s what That Uppity Theatre Company had to say about their project, and why your help is vital:

With disability a fact of life in almost one in every five households, help bring the important message of disability awareness, inclusion, and anti-bullying into schools! We receive many requests from schools for us to come, and we are especially needed in schools as this is where young people first learn behavior and values – lessons that strongly influence the adults that they become. 

The $10,000 cost will cover performances in up to ten schools at a free or reduced cost to them, as well as other rehearsal and performance costs. Click here to donate to The DisAbility Project on power2give.org/GreaterStLouis.

The DisAbility Project is one of the only projects of its kind in the country. The project seeks to bring together people with disabilities, as well as those without, to model inclusion. This touring project has played original material about the culture of disabilities for nearly 100,000 people.

Also coming up with That Uppity Theatre Company, partnered with The Vital VOICE, is the 3rd annual Festival of LGBT Short Plays, BRIEFS. The festival will run from March 21-23 at La Perla, and has sold out all four shows the past two years in a row. The slogan for this year is “Come for the play, stay for the party,” so in this spirit, the venue will remain open for at least an hour after each performance to allow people to socialize. Click here to buy your tickets today!Print

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