On November 7, A&E’s new crowdfunding website– power2give.org (p2g )– goes “live,” ushering in a new era for area arts funding.
power2give.org is an online cultural marketplace that connects donors with projects they are passionate about. Specifically, the p2g site allows cultural organizations to post and promote projects in need of funding and invites donors to contribute directly to the projects that intrigue them. With online and social media tools, the whole process—searching, giving and sharing—is easy.
“By developing a giving platform specifically devoted to supporting arts and culture, p2g encourages arts consumers to become arts donors and help the organizations they love turn their needs into a reality,” said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E president.
Here’s how p2g works: Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations use the website to list and describe, through photos or videos with accompanying text, projects that need funding. Funding goals up to $10,000 are permitted and a project may be listed for up to 90 days. As a result, a wide range of arts and arts education projects can take part.
As a chief advocate and funder for the arts in the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis area, A&E is responsible for championing the site and managing the execution of power2give.orglocally. To help arts and cultural organizations use p2g, A&E held several training sessions in October. The Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation has funded the site in St. Louis.
power2give.org, founded in 2011, has expanded from its home base of Charlotte, N.C., to 18 other metropolitan areas, with St. Louis becoming the 21st city to join the fold. To help launch p2g, A&E is giving a party with food, fun, music and prizes to be held 5-7 p.m., November 13 at the Centene Center for Arts and Education. Everyone is welcome. To RSVP, email
To learn more about p2g in St. Louis, visit our website or power2give.org. Also, “like”ArtsandEducation on Facebook, follow @ArtEdStl on Twitter and share social updates with the hashtags #p2gstl and #power2give.
St. Louis' most influential people, organizations and ideas of 2013.Story: Edited by Jennifer Dulin Wiley; Written by Katie Davis, Amy De La Hunt, Ryan Martin, Gwen Ragno, Christopher Reilly, Matt Sorrell and Jennifer WellsPhotos: Tuan Lee
Deanna JentPlaywright/Producer/Director/Professor of Theater,Mustard Seed Theatre & Fontbonne University
“It’s like the theater princess dream come true,” Deanna Jent says of her play, “Falling,” which took a fairy tale journey from St. Louis to Off-Broadway late last year. Based on her real-life family experience with autism, the play’s original run at Mustard Seed Theatre was extended twice, allowing local producer Terry Schnuck to catch the very last performance and help catapult the play’s success in New York. The rest is theater history. Jent calls the remarkable experience “the result of many moments of grace and serendipity.” It seems grace is no stranger to the Fontbonne theater professor. Mustard Seed’s first production in 2007, “Remnant,” garnered six Kevin Kline nominations and instant acclaim, while her adaptations of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Till We Have Faces” and “Imaginary Jesus” have amply demonstrated her writing chops. “Jane Eyre,” directed by Jent, opens April 12. As for the future, Jent has plans to publish “Falling,” which will be produced in Brazil in 2014, and she’s already thinking about writing again. “I’ve always been writing things,” Jent says. “It’s the way I process the world and figure things out.” –CR
Watch this cool video!
From The Duck Variations, by David Mamet:
The mating of ducks is a private matter between the duck in question and his mate.
It is a thing which few White men have witnessed… And those who claim to have seen it… strangely do not wish to speak.
There are things we’re better off not to know.
If you don’t know, you never can be forced to tell.
They don’t got those beaks for nothing.
Nothing is for nothing.
Everthing has got a purpose.
What I love about this play is how a discussion about ducks moves seamlessly into a discussion about life. Two men talk about boats and pollution and nature and friendship; it’s everyday talk, but somehow more.
It’s been a joy working with this trio of amazing actors. St. Louis theatre patrons will recognize Bobby Miller from shows in a variety of other theatres (it’s his first time on our stage), while Mustard Seed Theatre fans will remember Peggy Billo from our inaugural production of Remnant and our staged reading of Mother Teresa is Dead. Both she and Richard Lewis were featured in our Tartuffe, and Richard has appeared in many other Mustard Seed shows (Measure for Measure, Fiddler on the Roof, Shadowlands and The Chosen, to name a few.) Check out our website to see some pics of Richard and Peggy in previous roles. Can't wait to add Bobby to our gallery!
Okay, I know I promised a middle part but being in the show means I haven't had as much time to write about the show. Anyway, suffice it to say the the middle part is a mixed bag. The good news is, the cast gets to know each other and we get more comfortable with one another. This leads to a feeling of security for actors as we try new things for our characters. Whether it's being able to let go and reveal ourselves in a dramatic emotional scene, or trying a goofy dance or a line change for a laugh - this is where the magic of discovery begins. The bad news is, this is also where we have to learn our lines. Just when you think you know what you are doing, you have to start doing it without the book in your hand. Your comfortable, bedraggled, marked up script that has been your friend and constant companion this couple of weeks is being ripped from your trembling hands as you try to do your part(s) from memory! It doesn't help that this is an adaptation and Deanna frequently comes in and says, "So I have some script changes tonight!" But "tech week" starts tomorrow and she can't tweak the play too much more. Anyway, we all take it with a laugh and just keep going. Really, if you like black and white, order and structure - theatre isn't for you. It's a big mess in the middle part but somehow it ALWAYS comes together. Some plays are better than others, of course, but to a large extent actors just have to trust the Director and the Process. I think that's the magic of theatre - a bunch of different people taking a leap of faith together - actors, directors, technical crew and the audience. Tech week starts tomorrow!
by Deanna Jent
The power is out and no subways are running in NYC’s West Village, which means that my play FALLING has been “dark” all week. Everyone associated with the show is fine, and there was no damage to the theatre; like many people across the East coast, we wait for electricity to return and the flood waters to recede.
Meanwhile, here at Mustard Seed, we’re rehearsing my adaptation of IMAGINARY JESUS. It’s a joy to be in rehearsal with this group of amazing actors, designers and staff, but this week we hit the “middle part” I referred to in an earlier blog – that point where it really IS work. With 17 actors playing 48 characters moving between 23 different locations, rehearsal now often resembles football practice more than a theatrical endeavor!
But through it all, we continue to play! The journey from the page (hilariously written by Matt Mikalatos) to the stage is an adventure. So far we’ve discovered a couple of new characters (Don’t worry Matt – you’ll love them!) and learned that the actor who needs to say “Apocrypha” can’t make his mouth actually say “Apocrypha” (he’s getting closer – we had “Apocryphia” last night, which is, perhaps, the fear of saying “Apocrypha”?).
So the actors are learning their words, I’m figuring out how to tell the story clearly through action and staging, the lights are being focused, costumes are being built, and the set will be painted on Monday. Sound design and prop design continues, and the Stage Management team diligently organizes and takes care of us all! Creating theatre is an amazingly collaborative process – which is why I love it!
Oh – and two performances are already sold out, with two others nearly sold. Take a look at your calendars and make your reservations now – it’s a great family show for Thanksgiving weekend!
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