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Let's Open Le Mondo!

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BENEFITING: LE MONDO

ORGANIZER: LE MONDO

EVENT DATE: Mar 16, 2017

Carly Bales

THE STORY:

For the past three years, I've been working on this community arts project and it's so close to opening its doors for the first time! I am a Baltimore-based performance artist and also the founding Artistic Director of the award-winning multi-use arts space, EMP Collective (2010 - Present). Building upon my experiences as a performance artist and arts organizer, I co-founded Le Mondo to address ongoing issues of space and access within the arts community in Baltimore.

 

THE BACKSTORY
In 2013, a group of artist-organizers came together to address the growing issues of safe, affordable art space and to create a way to collectively empower each other and share resources. The result of those conversations was Le Mondo. We’ve built the dream of an artist-owned-and-driven performing arts complex from the ground up with your help from the beginning.

Last year, YOU helped us secure our buildings from the city and in it our future on Howard Street. Now, after nearly a year of grassroots development, we are almost ready to open MONDO, our first building housing a mid-sized performing arts venue, neighborhood bar, and affordable artist studio spaces.

Thanks to recent funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Abell Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund, Baltimore Community Foundation, the Jim and Patty Rouse Charitable Fund, and donors like you, we are now only $60,000 away from opening our doors to the public and hosting programming six nights a week on Howard Street this Spring 2017.

 

WHAT WE WILL DO
MONDO, our first building to open, will be a 350-person multi-use performance venue located at 404/406 N. Howard St. In addition to a sizable and flexible performance space, it will include a neighborhood bar, artist studios, office space, and a commercial retail space. Our mission is to keep this venue artist-oriented and affordable. MONDO will bring a dense and active space to the 400 block of N. Howard St. and an accessible and much-needed mid-size performance venue addition to Baltimore.

Getting MONDO open will not only provide these valuable additions to Baltimore’s art scene, it will be the jumping-off point for a groundbreaking performing arts complex driven by artists in Baltimore. It will propel the fundraising and buildout of our adjacent two buildings, which will include a black box theatre, affordable live/work apartments, workshop facilities, dance/rehearsal space, classroom space, and a restaurant. Opening our first venue, MONDO will help catapult these developments for the future.

THE HISTORY OF LE MONDO
In 2014, Le Mondo launched as a collective of artists now spearheaded by three theatre companies - Annex Theatre, EMP Collective, and Psychic Readings Company. The collective won an RFP from the Baltimore Development Corporation to develop two buildings on the 400 block of N. Howard St. In addition to the two buildings, the Le Mondo’s principals, in partnership with social entrepreneur Ted Rouse, purchased the building to the south of the city buildings at 404/406 N Howard Street. With site control on over 24,000 square feet of space on Baltimore’s historic Howard Street, Le Mondo formed a non-profit organization and created a team of artists and community organizers to transform a previously abandoned strip into a multi-faceted arts and entertainment center and community hub.

BUILDING MOMENTUM
Since the genesis of the project, Le Mondo has been met with enthusiastic support from artists, community organizers, and within its neighborhood. (You can also check out some of the kind support in press here!) Over the last two-and-a-half years, the Le Mondo’s reputation and momentum has grown exponentially.

NEARING THE FINISH LINE
Here’s where you come in. We’re about $60,000 shy of reaching our goal. That’s a lot, but not insurmountable. We want you to help us scale this last hill and open MONDO in Spring of 2017. $60,000 will allow us to upgrade our outdated water system and sprinklers (allowing more people in the space!) as well as enabling us finish out our outfitting the bar and equipping the performance venue. This final push will open our doors to the public for the first time!

Last year, 200 individual donors like you helped us raise $25,000. If 480 donors help us this year, we will reach our goal. You can help us by donating to our Crowdrise campaign here: www.crowdrise.com/lemondo

IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY I CAN HELP?
You can also become a fundraiser for us. If you would like to give more than you’re capable of giving, you can start your own fundraising profile within our page. You can set the dollar amount you’d like to raise, and you can reach out to your friends, family, and social network to reach your goal. This is a great way for us to reach this goal together.

So, if 60 people raised $1000 for the Le Mondo Project, we would reach our goal in no time! Visit www.crowdrise.com/lets-open-le-mondo to set up your profile, or contact our development director by email at rahne@lemondo.org for assistance in setting up your profile.


We are always honored and humbled to work with the greatest arts community in America. Le Mondo is our way of providing for, and nurturing this community. We want the rest of the world to see what we in Baltimore already know: we live in an incredible city with an art scene that defies the possible and transcends the finite.

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To This Fundraiser

$21,784

MONEY RAISED
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  • Peter Fillat

     

  • Glenn Ricci

     

  • Nate Brown

    $25

  • Sara Tomko

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Stephen Deets

    $100

  • Mariam

    $100

  • Figure 53

    $100

  • Dan Allen

    $50

  • Madeleine Scott

    $40

  • ROD MALIN + JODIE MISIAK

    $50

  • Adam Endres

    $250

  • Milt Kass

    $100

  • Shy Mukerjee

    $25

  • Laure Drogoul

    $50

  • Marceline White

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ren

    $150

  • Erin Fostel

    $100

  • Nick Mantzaris

    $100

  • Tall Skinny Black Man

    $25

  • Abigail Swisher

    $25

  • Maura Krause

    $25

  • Katherine Verdickt

    $300

  • Theresa Columbus

    $10

  • Offline Donations

     

  • Rebekah Horowitz

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Erin Fostel

    $100

  • Greg Bales & Kathy Lyons

    $100

  • Katharine Vary

    $100

  • Kenneth Jordan

    $25

  • Chase

    $50

  • Cricket Arrison

    $25

  • Julianne Hamilton and Michael Benevento

    $69

  • Graham Coreil-Allen

    $25

  • D. Chizzle

     

  • Marianne Gazzola Angelella

     

  • jakey doo doo

    $25

  • James Young

    $50

  • Michael Campola

    $10

  • MK

    $10

  • Tom Bonner

    $25

  • Matthew Williams

    $100

  • Richard Kennedy

     

  • Tracy Dimond

    $25

  • Sara Dittrich

    $25

  • Carlyn Thomas

    $25

  • Doreeen Bolger

    $100

  • Daisy

    $150

  • Vin Seadler

    $50

  • LE MONDO

    $50

  • Aladrian Wetzel

    $100

  • Ali Walton

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Aaron Heinsman

     

  • Annette Jones-Wilson

    $25

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436% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $49,510 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Carly Bales

Amount Raised

$21,784

 

436% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rahne Alexander

Amount Raised

$6,895

 

69% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lily Kind

Amount Raised

$6,425

 

64% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Evan Moritz

Amount Raised

$2,625

Fundraiser Title

John Berndt

Amount Raised

$2,535

Fundraiser Title

Ted Rouse

Amount Raised

$1,900

 

38% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Jacklin

Amount Raised

$1,510

 

101% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ric royer

Amount Raised

$1,379

Donor Comments

Annette Jones-Wilson

Annette Jones-Wilson

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Aaron Heinsman

Aaron Heinsman

1 year ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $20

1 year ago

Ali Walton

Ali Walton

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Aladrian Wetzel

Aladrian Wetzel

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

LE MONDO

LE MONDO

DONATION: $50

CONGRATULATIONS! LOVE YOU ALL :) 1 year ago

Vin Seadler

Vin Seadler

DONATION: $50

God Speed You! Bad Ass Spaces! 1 year ago

Daisy

Daisy

DONATION: $150

1 year ago

Doreeen Bolger

Doreeen Bolger

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Carlyn Thomas

Carlyn Thomas

DONATION: $25

1 year ago