ArtsATL is more than halfway toward meeting its goal of raising $70,000 by the end of the month.
At a community forum last month, ArtsATL — a journalism nonprofit that has covered Atlanta’s arts community for 10 years — announced that it was in financial crisis and made an appeal for help. ArtsATL received an anonymous $70,000 donation in early July to enable it to continue operations, and ArtsATL Board Chair Rachel Eisaman announced the goal to raise enough money by the end of August to match that gift.
Eisaman said Friday the community has responded. “I am so grateful for the show of support to ArtsATL in this crucial time,” she said. “The fact that we are so close to our match goal reinforces how important this content is to our community.”
Combined with advertising revenue and grant money, the donations raised so far have stabilized the online publication’s finances for the time being. Eisaman said it is important for ArtsATL to reach the $70,000 goal to allow board members and staff the breathing room to focus on molding a solid plan for the website’s long-term financial health.
Tax-deductible donations can be made online on the ArtsATL website. Checks can also be mailed to ArtsATL, P.O. Box 8983 Atlanta, GA 31106. (See video clips below from Woodruff Arts Center CEO and President Doug Shipman and Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre cofounder John Welker on the importance of ArtsATL to the arts community.)
“Thank you to the foundations and individuals who have contributed financially — every little bit helps,” Eisaman said. “Thank you to the organizations who have reached out to offer visibility and encouragement. It is with your support that we know we have a bright future in Atlanta.”