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Fundraising shortfall causes Lumberyard to adjust its 2020 plans

Mar 05, 2020 2:00 pm
Steve Barnes is reporting for the Times Union the Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts in Catskill is adjusting its 2020 plans after an emergency fundraising campaign failed. The company warned in July that it might have to abandon its residency program if it did not raise an additional $1 million by the end of 2019. "We were not even very close" to the goal, said Adrienne Willis, Lumberyard executive director. As a result the residency program will be significantly cut back this year, and the performance companies that do utilize the Lumberyard facility will not have a public component to their stays in Catskill, she said. Lumberyard's soundstage for film and TV production will remain operational. Its community programs, including arts camps for kids and outreach and job training for at-risk teens, also will continue. Willis promised an exciting performance season this summer, but said the line-up was not yet finalized. She declined to describe the number or types of shows, saying the season schedule will be announced in the spring. Lumberyard sounded the alarm last summer because it was unwilling to continue to be the only funder of the residencies, which benefit many other arts companies and communities. "There has to be some cost-sharing for this," Willis said. "We can't keep funding this ourselves. ... It doesn't exist anywhere else..., but we haven't been able to get the traditional (charitable) foundations on board" as donors. In the meantime, Willis said, "we're dedicated to Catskill and having an exciting summer season that won't disappoint." Read the full story in the Times Union.