The Gay & Lesbian Fund has offered Pagosa Springs an exciting opportunity to further support the work of the Thingamajig Theatre Company.
Thanks to a challenge grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, you have the opportunity to double the impact of your support — which means your $50 check can become a $100 investment in the Thingamajig Theatre Company. Your $100 commitment can become $200 invested toward promoting the October production of “The Turn of the Screw.” You’re invited to give at whatever level best suits your resources, knowing that the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado proudly stands with you in making a difference in Colorado. Don’t miss the opportunity to double your donation. Every donation counts. Please mail checks to Thingamajig Theatre Company 2313 Eagle Drive Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Be sure to include a note that the check is meant for the challenge grant.
The Friends of the Center for the Arts and the Thingamajig Theatre Company have been working together to write grants to secure funding for the activities at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. The two non-profits rely heavily on grant funding and individual donations to produce the artistic delights that have been gracing Pagosa Springs. Typically, ticket sales for the theatre productions bring in 60 percent of what it costs to put on a high-quality theatre production. Partly this is due to the low ticket prices that the Thingamajig Theatre likes to provide to make the productions more accessible to our community.
In this past year, we have secured funding from La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation, the Ballantine Family Fund, John G Duncan Charitable Trust and the Tortoise Shell Fund to help renovate the theatre space at the Center for the Arts. We have also received funding from La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation to provide scholarships for the summer theatre camp, from Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado to help produce the family friendly delight “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and, recently, we received a matching grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado to help produce Thingamajig Theatre’s October production of “The Turn of the Screw.”
These grants are an important and essential part of the operations at the Center for the Arts and we are always in need of support from these wonderful outside sources that believe in the importance of the work that we do. Especially this fall, as our temporary occupancy permit will not be extended, so it has become time to put in our additional bathrooms at the Center for the Arts. Much of the funding that in the future will be available for creating wonderful events at the Center, this year must go towards toilets. Down the toilet, literally. The community support for the bathroom event has been wonderful. John DiMuccio from Cool Water Plumbing has offered to donate his time and parts for the project and donations have piled up in our bathroom fund jar, left there by patrons. We can use all the help we can get this fall. We are currently seeking sponsors who may want to sponsor an artist to provide tile work, carvings, painting or sculptures to make our new bathrooms a true work of art.