Irondale Ensemble Project Needs Your Help

Times like these are hard for almost all of us, but they are particularly threatening for small to medium sized artistic enterprises. A case in point is the Irondale Ensemble Project, a Fort Greene based theater group for which Baltic Street resident Joseph McCarthy serves as Director of Development. Irondale, which presents innovative stage productions on socially relevant themes and also “engage[s] the wider community through partnerships with schools, prisons, shelters, and other organizations”, has been given a challenge grant by the Independence Community Foundation under which ICF will provide an aditional $1 for every $4 donated to Irondale, provided that Irondale can raise $50,000 by March 31.

Here is Irondale’s co-founder and Executive Director, Terry Greiss, explaining the Project’s current situation and plans:

In this situation, every donation, no matter how small, can make a difference. You can contribute on-line here. Shakespeare Santa Cruz created a viral video in December announcing they were shutting down unless they raised $300,000. 2500 people contributed $420,000 in three weeks, saving their season. Joe McCarthy says, “We know Brooklyn can do better.”

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  • Dana Werdmuller

    hello Brooklyn! This is Shakespeare Santa Cruz weighing in with a small correction and a show of solidarity. We raised the $417K in one week, not three, and I agree that Brooklyn can do even better – you go, Brooklyn!!! – Dana Werdmuller, Marketing Director @ SSC

  • linda samet

    brooklyn, you soar
    you breathe truths
    i hear you especially in your music
    so special
    so broad and diverse
    need more of it.