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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Burnaway, gloATL reach fundraising goals

MATCH POINT: Atlanta-based dance company gloATL, which is known for its free site-specific performances such as last Novembers Float (pictured above), recently surpassed fundraising goals set for the company by arts foundation Possible Futures.
  • STEPHANIE PHARR
  • MATCH POINT: Atlanta-based dance company gloATL, which is known for its site-specific performances such as last November's "Float" (pictured above), recently surpassed fundraising goals set for the company by arts foundation Possible Futures.
Two Atlanta arts organizations—dance company gloATL and arts publication BURNAWAY—have recently reached fundraising goals set for them by challenge grants from Possible Futures, Inc., an Atlanta-based arts foundation. Organizers say the contributions will significantly improve the way the young grassroots organizations operate.

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Visual arts publication BURNAWAY recently announced that it had met the Possible Futures challenge, allowing the organization to hire its first two full-time staff members: cofounders Jeremy Abernathy as editor-in-chief, and Susannah Darrow as executive director. Their full-time employment also coincides with the publication's move into a new office space at the Goat Farm Arts Center, a converted mid-Victorian factory complex located near Atlanta’s Westside Arts District.

The Possible Futures challenge required BURNAWAY to raise $20,000 during a six-month period that would be matched dollar-for-dollar for a total of $40,000 in operational funds. The publication met the goal after holding its first annual Art Crush Bash, a Valentine’s Day-themed live auction on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The fundraiser was supported by donors and by visual artists who provided in-kind gifts and volunteer service hours.

Dance company gloATL also surpassed a $50,000 challenge goal set for the company by Possible Futures. The campaign exceeded its goal through a combination of broad-based giving, individual donors and two successful fundraising events: everything, a performance-party held at the Goat Farm in December 2011 and Wonderglo, a gala dinner at the W Hotel-Midtown in March 2012. The contributions will allow gloATL to provide company members with comprehensive health care coverage through the Kaiser-Permanente Bridge Program.

gloATL has also hired its first administrative position. Paul Boshears, recently of the Atlanta-based magazine Art Papers, will shape and guide the development components of gloATL’s mission as its first Operations Manager.

The recent fundraising accomplishments by gloATL and Burnaway followed the March announcement by arts website ArtsATL that it had also completed its first-ever fundraising campaign in which it succeeded in matching a $20,000 grant from the Possible Futures foundation.

Possible Futures is a private non-profit operating foundation that seeks "to nurture Atlanta’s creative culture and educate the public through the support and presentation of artists, writers and performers." The foundation provides grants to individual artists and writers, non-profit arts organizations, and other associations or for-profit entities that write about, present or otherwise support a variety of artistic endeavors in the Atlanta area.

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