Support the BAC
The Belmont Arts Collaborative (BAC) exists to provide artists and arts organizations the opportunity to create, learn, and perform in a dedicated performing arts space. Located in historic Belmont, the BAC fills a long-standing need for accesible performance and rehearsal space for artists, arts organizations, and arts education programs for youth and adults in Charlottesville.
The Belmont Arts Collaborative offers:
Black Box Theater -- An accessible, and appropriately sized theater space for small performance groups. The theater seats 85-100 guests, with a dressing room, box office, and waiting area; it can be configured for full-scale productions, cabaret-style performances, workshops, classes, or community forums.
Rehearsal Studios – Three studios adjacent to the theater, available for dance, vocal, acting, and other training programs for youth and adults.
A permanent home for DMR Adventures – Rehearsal and performance space for DMR Adventures, which provides pre-professional performing arts training to youth ages 5-18, and the Youth Leadership Program for training young designers, technicians, and creative team members.
The Belmont Arts Collaborative offers local performing arts groups a rare resource: an intimate venue with affordable production costs, allowing longer show runs (without competing for stage time in larger, busier, expensive venues), more opportunities to perform, and the flexibility to create and foster new work. In the past six months, the space has been used for rehearsals, performances, and events by DMR Adventures, Phoenix Theater Company, Big Blue Door, the Center for Vocal Study, the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective, Charlottesville Families in Action, the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association, and the Valley Fencing Alliance.
Your donations to the Belmont Arts Collaborative will allow us to:
· Complete the construction of the black box theater.
· Purchase additional lighting, curtains, sound equipment, and seating for the theater.
· Refurbish and maintain rehearsal spaces.
· Host workshops and training opportunities with visiting performing arts professionals.
We have a big goal, and welcome donations in any amount. To date, we have spent over $55,000 on the buildout of the new theater, and there is still a lot to do. Some of our upcoming real costs include:
$50 - tri-pod stand for lights
$100 - new chair for the theater (100 needed)
$125 - dimmer pack for our lighting system
$500 - one spotlight
$700 - LED theater light
$1500 - mixer for our sound system
$2000 - attached ladder to access our costume storage
$6000- sprung floor
$6000 - one month's rent for theater and studio spaces
$13,500 - curtains and labor to install
$18,000 - ceiling grid to hang lighting system
Corporate sponsorships are available; we would welcome the opportunity to discuss partnership.
Donations may be tax deductible, the BAC is recognized as a 501(c)3 organization.
Dear Friend of the Belmont Arts Collaborative,
In the teeth of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know you are receiving appeals daily, and they come in all forms – mail, email, online, and on TV. Because you have shared artistic experiences with us at the Belmont Arts Collaborative, we hope you’ll read on, and perhaps, include us in your personal effort to help Charlottesville survive and thrive.
The BAC has a unique place in the Charlottesville arts community. Our motto, “Charlottesville’s Space To Create” defines who we are and what we offer. We are the place where individual artists and small arts organizations can create and share their art. Our commitment to maintaining and providing affordable rehearsal and performance facilities for artists who don’t have their own home means that we get to support and share art that might otherwise never see the light of day. New plays, new performers, new dances – we are the incubator of new art and we are needed in our city.
We’re not fancy. Our black box theater isn’t fitted with elaborate lighting or sound systems. Our rehearsal spaces are a bit spartan. Our front-of-house facilities aren’t elaborate. But none of that matters when we work together in a rehearsal studio to make something beautiful and inspiring. None of that matters when we sit in our darkened theater together and experience something that’s never happened before, something that makes us laugh, or cry, or think, or take action. We offer experiences that make us better than we were. We’re not fancy, but we are needed in our city.
Like many, if not most, of the arts organizations around the world, the BAC is a potential casualty of the economic crises precipitated by the pandemic. Even though we are not performing or rehearsing, even though we are an entirely volunteer organization with no staff payroll, we still have to pay rent and utilities while we’re shut down. Because of our commitment to serve the entire arts community by keeping the rental rates for our facilities as low as possible, we always operate on a razor-thin edge between financial solvency and closing our doors. And so, we add our request to the many already out there. If you value what we do, if your means allow, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the BAC now.
If you can, please donate by regular mail. This will eliminate the costs of online processing and ensure that every cent of your contribution is spent to keep the BAC alive. Our mailing address is 221 Carlton Rd. Suite 3, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you when the lights come on in our space again.
The Board of Directors
Belmont Arts Collaborative