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Commercial Street Theatre Project

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Published on May 19, 2013

This is a crowd-funding project through indiegogo--please visit us to learn more and contribute: http://igg.me/at/cstproject/x/3268162

The Commercial Street Theatre Project will serve the artistic hunger and interest for community members of all kinds and will facilitate activities that encourage cooperation, compassion, and overall learning. Through accessibility and versatility, CSTP will nurture curiosity, willingness, and creativity while promoting a healthy and welcoming environment to all. It will also be a destination that will serve surrounding local businesses and improve the overall public safety of downtown Bellingham. Commercial Street Theatre will improve the quality of life for the Bellingham community, as it will be an epicenter for creativity and community engagement for all parties.

Local performing arts groups struggle to find space in downtown Bellingham that is affordable, appropriately sized and designed for their art. Often they modify their productions to accommodate the limitations of available performance spaces. In need of appropriate performance space, some of Bellingham's groups find they must produce their shows outside of Bellingham. As one artist bluntly puts it "We end up solving the room, instead of doing our art."

Over the last 2 years we have met with city officials, architects, community members, and various arts groups to determine the best way to serve our community. Several months ago the Bellingham city council voted unanimously to approve our proposal. They agreed with us that artists need affordable space downtown to create and perform and the city needs a new economic engine in an area of downtown that is ripe for revitalization.

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