The <100K Project is an attempt to “bring the arts back home” to small and rural communities with populations under 100,000. The organization will have three main areas of focus:
- Education: the skills necessary for creating healthy, engaged arts organizations in smaller communities will require a set of skills and a general artistic orientation that usually go untaught in traditional theatre departments. The <100K Project will devise a curriculum to support this mission, and promote it to colleges and universities throughout the US, possibly including a distance learning component.
- Support: the goal of the <100K Project is to provide salaries to artists staffing arts organizations created by this project in small and rural communities. The <100K Project central organization will provide centralized fundraising, bookkeeping and marketing services, health insurance and retirement benefits, as well as continual training and support.
- Promotion: It is important that the arts in small and rural communities be promoted throughout the US as an alternative to the Myth of Broadway that currently dominates the imaginations of young artists. This will be accomplished in a variety of ways, including publications, speeches, residencies, and the documentation of art work, processes, and organizational strategies.
This organization will rely on the creativity of many people. The strength of the <100K Project will rest on continual innovation and change. I welcome your ideas, no matter how seemingly crazy.
Founder, <100K Project