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VENTURA COUNTY STAR - OCTOBER 5, 2011
Arts groups win almost $1 million in grants
Three Ventura County arts groups have won grants totaling nearly $1 million from the James Irvine Foundation, officials announced Wednesday.
The Rubicon Theatre won $350,000, the largest award among those given to 13 arts groups on California's Central Coast.
"We couldn't be more excited about it," said Karyl Lynn Burns, artistic producing director of the regional theater in Ventura.
The Ojai Music Festival received $325,000 and the Museum of Ventura County got $300,000 in the grants approved Wednesday by the board of the San Francisco foundation.
Foundation officials said the grants are designed to boost nonprofit groups' financial strength and increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities.
Jeff Haydon, executive director of the Ojai festival, said the grants are unusual. Most funding organizations give money for programs, not the marketing, planning and financial projects that strengthen nonprofit groups, he said.
"These grants are really valuable and rare," he said.
All three groups also got grants in 2008 through a regional initiative begun by the foundation to bolster the arts in communities other than California's major cities. The $12 million program helped arts groups in areas stretching from the Central Valley and the Inland Empire to suburban Southern California counties and the Central Coast.
The Ventura County arts groups took home $850,000 that year and $975,000 this time. Officials said they will use the money to build audiences and their organizations.
The Museum of Ventura County plans to hire a consultant to help increase support and audience among Latinos, plus add a volunteer coordinator and director of finance. Executive Director Tim Schiffer said the hiring of the financial director will allow him to spend more time working on exhibitions and programs.
Haydon intends to use the funds to expand the audiences coming to the festival and improve financial management.
Rubicon managers will develop a strategic plan, evaluate capital facilities and rebuild staffing levels cut in the economic downturn. The organization also will work on increasing the number of Latinos who come to the theater. Organizers expect to produce a show in both English and Spanish in the 2012-13 season.
Other organizations winning grants include the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Opera Santa Barbara, the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
VENTURA COUNTY STAR - AUGUST 7, 2010
really focused, even as we have cut costs, on storytelling and quality
and keeping that artistic integrity,” said Karyl Lynn Burns, producing
Stretched by contrary trends
Like playhouses across the country, Rubicon has grappled for years with a widening budget shortfall. It relied on a small cadre of individuals and companies for sizable contributions, which have dropped as the economy soured. At the same time, production costs continue to rise.
Even with sold-out performances, ticket and concession sales typically cover 40 to 50 percent of a show’s cost, leaving a gap that must be covered by donations, grants and earnings from a small endowment.
Today, Rubicon employs six full-time employees, and roughly 13 part-time employees, many of whom agreed to pay cuts of 10 percent to 40 percent.
“At one time, we had 28 full-time employees,” Burns said.
The company is on track to eliminate about $500,000 in operating debt by Sept. 30, 2011, Burns said.
Despite its recent struggles, subscriber commitment is strong.
About 86 percent of last year’s subscribers have renewed, bettering a national average of close to 70 percent, Burns said.
Shorter season slated
The cost for the new season was reduced to help retain subscribers and possibly lure new ones. The season’s productions were reduced from seven to five, officials said.
“We don’t take for granted customer loyalty. We feel that loyalty comes because we are committed to quality,” Burn said. “We are committed to offering the greatest quality within our means.”
One area the company refused to cut was its youth education and outreach programs, even as the number of youths seeking fee waivers or scholarships has increased, Burns said.
This month, those youths will present the second Kids for Kids Benefit Concert.
The one-night fundraiser on Aug. 16 will feature a cabaret concert starring Gabby Trainor. Other performances will include adult actors Teri Bibb (from “Phantom of the Opera”), Trey Ellett (“Rent”), Joan Almedilla (“Les Miserables”) and Dina Bennett (“Lies and Legends”).
Last year’s event sold out, and raised more than $11,000 for youth programs.
In addition, “Hello My Baby,” the final summer youth musical camp production, will close its run Aug. 15.
Finalizing a deal with Rabobank and its debtholders would allow the company to shift its focus back on what it does best, entertaining people, Warner said.
The 6,320-square-foot theater’s assessed value was $1.43 million as of Jan. 1, according to the Ventura County Assessor’s Office. Details of the refinancing plan were not released.
Tom Mortensen, a vice president at Rabobank, declined to comment on the negotiations.
“This is our time to be successful,” Warner said.
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RTC'S "IT TAKES A VILLAGE" CAMPAIGN
1006 E Main Street Ventura CA United States, 93001
Below are some PSA’s for RTC’s “It Takes A Village” Campaign. They are also viewable, AND DOWNLOADABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS, on Rubicon’s new YouTube Channel, which can be found here:
Rubicon friends Michael Learned, Cliff DeYoung, George Ball, Amanda McBroom, Eric Lange, Stephanie Zimbalist, Ted Neeley & Bonnie Franklin, all actors from stage and screen, lend their support to "It Takes A Village."
Ted Neeley talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.
Bruce Weitz talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.
Eric Lange talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.
Bonnie Franklin talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.
Sydney Unseth talks about RTC.
UPDATE 6/10/09: I've just received this e-mail from Karyl Lynn Burns, Co-Founder of RTC:
From: Karyl Lynn Burns
Subject: Rubicon Theatre Village Campaign Update
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 4:41 AM
Dear Fellow Villagers:
Today we start our first formal e-mail update to those of you who expressed interest in receiving periodic updates about Rubicon’s It Takes a Village campaign.
The good news: nearly 600 people (including some who wished to be anonymous) have given a total of $191,346. We have an additional $3,752 in pledges, with a grand total of $195,090 committed to the campaign. We are now about 19.5% of the way to our goal of $1 million!
The challenge: We are still fighting cash flow needs and MUST raise an additional $200,000 towards the goal in the next two to three weeks.
Thank you to you whose names are listed at the bottom of this e-mail for being early believers in this new grass-roots way of raising support. The idea is “many hands make light work.” Instead of 80% of the funds coming from 20% of the people, the goal is for everyone to participate to the extent of their ability. We are asking all who benefit from Rubicon's presence in our community to consider making a gift of at least $1 a day - or $365 a year. It's also possible to make a monthly pledge of $31 or more. If we all do what we can, we WILL achieve the goal. We will be the people who would not let our community’s non-profit professional theatre falter in these difficult times and who ensured it was here for the next decade and for future generations!
Examples and Ideas
· Rubicon Board Member Marion Witte of the Angel Heart Foundation came up with the idea of Village Elders – the goal was to find 10 people to give $10,000 each once we reached the $100,000 mark. It’s the main reason we’ve seen significant growth in the past two weeks. We are thankful to those who have joined the Elders program so far: Marion (leading by example, thank you!), Lori and Richard Reisman, Barbara Meister and Barber Automotive Group (in memory of Larry Meister) and an Anonymous contributor who gave in honor and in memory of a recently departed friend Lillian Ludlam, who loved theatre. We are still looking for at least six more individuals to become Elders (Young Elders are welcome, too J). If you are able to join this group, please call us.
· Stephen Kipp contributed $3,650 -- the recommended village donation amount of $365 for EACH person on his 10-member staff. Stephen announced this generous gift at a performance of Fiddler on the Roof in which he hosted his clients for the show and a reception.
· At a local salon, the hairdressers encouraged their customers to give and raised $365 in a day to donate to the cause.
· One villager e-mailed friends and raised approximately $2,000. Would you like to do the same? Just cut and paste this address into your e-mail. Invite friends to join you and help us reach our goals. Here’s the hyperlink:
· A supporter of Rubicon’s education programs has organized alums of the outreach programs to put on a benefit at the theatre in August. Look for details soon.
· Gourmet chef Linda Hale and her husband Scott are going to prepare a primo meal in their home with a goal of raising $5,000 towards the campaign.
Here’s a sampling of a few of the comments from attendees at the Town Hall Rallies. We’ll send you a few with each e-mail so that we can remind each other of why we all care…
Why Rubicon Matters to Me…
“Great art! Great family! Great home to create in!” – Jenny Sullivan
“A place to belong and meet friends.” – Wanda Woessner
“Rubicon matters on many levels. It is wonderful to have professional theatre in our community. Most important is the Rubicon’s Education Outreach programs. Serving our youth at a time when arts education is lacking in our schools is vital and timely.” – Tom and Debbie Golden
“Great art. Local.” – Mike Merewether
“We love having quality theatre in our own town!!! And we love the community feeling of having Rubicon in Ventura!” – Scott and Linda Hale
Why Rubicon Matters to the Community
“Exposes youth to theatre; brings people to Ventura.” – Carolyn Dolen
“Without the Rubicon and its great professionalism, rather than enriching our community it will begin the slow decline which we have so beautifully climbed out of with its growth.” – Karen Lee Hoffberg
“Our community needs local events of quality.” – Howard Brandwein
“A vibrant beat of artistic creation.” – Jeanne Scott
“The Rubicon offers quality entertainment close to home. It’s Los Angeles-caliber performances in a community we all share and love.” – Nancy Kaye Swanson
It Takes a Village Contributors to Date – June 9, 2009
"Michita," Carol "Mike" Aalbers, Lynda and Rick Aldridge, Jean Archer, Christine Arenas-Magie and Paul Magie, Lila M. Atkisson, George Backman, George Ball and Amanda McBroom, Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Banman, Rachel Bar, Phil and Sandy Bardos, Penny and Ray Barnds, Greta Bartsch, Donna and Jerry Beatty, Dr. Norma Beck,Victor and Natalia Berezovska, Sam Bern, Barbara and Bernard Bobitch, Henri and Therese Boisvert Tte, Jo Bowker, Barbara and Raymond Boyd, Marylee and Robert Bragulla, Bob and Mary Braitman, Howard J. Brandwein, Arlene Brooks, Earl R. Brooks, Shelly and Steve Brown, Peggy Bryant, Jenean Bugiada, Leo and Melinda Bunnin, Christina M. Burck, Diana and Robert Burdick, Donna and Jack Burger, Karyl Lynn Burns, Pat and Cathy Busch, Linda Carson, Patty and Gary Channer, K. Charnofsky and R. Sturgeon, Patti and Bill Chertok, Betsy and Dick Chess, Susan Clark, Ed Clark and Jane Delahoyde, Bijian Fan and Jerome Clifford, Victoria Coddy, Eloise and Chuck Cohen, Mary Ann Cohen, John and Jacqueline Cole, Doris and Ken Collin, Linda Collins, Frances A. Connelly, Al and Freddie Contarino, Ginny Costis, Alison B. Coutts-Jordan, Bill Crowe and Ann Gross, Mar lena Roberts Daly, Ronald and Deborah David, Lisa and Clay Davis, Nicholas Deitch, Bradford Dillman, Carolyn Dolen, Barbara and Gerald Donckels, Kathleen and Terry Dooley, Gun Dukes, John T. Dullam, John R. Edwards, Jack Ellison and Dixie D. Adeniran, H.E. and Frances Elson, David Elzer, Katherine Emerick, Ph.D., Jim and Kay Engel, David Engel, Mr. and Mrs. Garold Faber, Jodi and David Farrell, Warren and Ardelle Faue, Susan Ferguson, Norman Flam, Dr. Hany Fouad, Jonathan Fox, C.D. Franciscus, Cindy Frankey, Bonnie Franklin and Marvin Minoff, Arlene and Morrie Friedman, Harold and Harriet Friedman, Peter and Sandy Gaal, Mr. Michael D. Gainsborough, Mary and Jim Galbraith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Galt, Jr., D. June and Gay Garabedian, Muriel Garcia, Bob and Brenda Garrison, Lynn and Al Geller, S. Lynne and Duane L. Georgeson, Mrs. Kin Gere, Sheldon Getzug, Kay Giles and Michael Mariani, Morty Glasgal, David and Maryellen Glyer, Debbie and Tom Golden, Diane and Peter Goldenring, Janet and Mark Goldenson, Bruce Goldenson and Tricia Keen, Leonard Goldman, Martie and Gary Golter, Mary Goodenough, Lea and Harold Gould, Richard Gould, MD, Judy and Art Goulet, David and Diane Grimes, Sol and Patty Grossman, Katherine and Dan Gunther, Louis and Melinda Haffner, Scott Hale Lighting, Pearl and Roy Hammerand, Margie and Ron Hanock, Whitney Hansen, Wm. and Diane Harkins, Jessica and Harvey Harris, Julie Heim, Linda Henderson and Ernie Scherb, Mr. Don Henninger, Phil and Carol Hershey, Thom as and Patricia Hester, Karen Lee Hoffberg, H.W. and C.S. Hoover, Doris Horton, Carol Howe and Lucien Lacour, Eric Hvolboll, Jon and Ann Ives, Michael Jackowitz, Phyllis Johnson, Dianne Johnson Selbrede, Dr. and Mrs. D. Gordon Johnston, Ed and Carol Jones, Dorothy and Robert Jones, Emily Jones, Marilyn Juday, Donna Kacerek, Kaila Kaden, Lydia and Marty Kaplan, Joanne and Monroe Kaplan, Alex Karras, George Kaub, Bill and Elise Kearney, Betty and Tom Kennedy, Kipp Financial Group, Ronald S. Kopp, Jasmine Kova, Lee and Linda La Frenz, Nicole and Phillip Laby, Haady Lashkari, Michael Learned and John Doherty, Harriet and Eric Leibovitch, Stanley and Barbara Leiken, Dr. Morris and Judy Leventhal, Linda Levitz, Jack and Ione Lollar, Tracy Long and Donald Taylor, Judge David W. Long and Shirley Critchfield, James Locher, Dalina Lowdermilk-Klan, Michael Lurie, John and Eleanor Lynn, Cynde and Steve Magidson, Louise M. Malcomb, James Malone, Margaret Martin, John and Pat Masterson, Stephen Maulhardt and Nancy Maulhardt Huff, Frank and Patricia McCallick, Gladys McDonald, Stephen McMorrow, Rosa Lee Measures and Al Harris, Barbara Meister/Barber Automotive Group, Elsie Mendelsohn, Loretta and Mike Merewether, Murray Meyers, Carol Mickle and Jodi Sullivan, Marvin Miller and Kathlyn Roberts Miller, Margaret and Jerry Miller, Mr. and Mrs. M. Miser, Lee and Peg Molesworth, Susan Molnar, Katherine Montes, Teddi and Jerry Morris, Ted and Dale Muegenburg, Julie and Jack Nadel, Ted Pounder and Paulita Neal, Beatrice Alicia Nichols, Henry and Bobbie Offen, Eileen Ogle, Patrick O'Hara, Cherie Olson, James O'Neil, Sandi and Greg Orloff, Frances Page, Barbara and Owen Patotzka, William and Celia Patterson, Catherine Penprase, Diane and Steve Perren, Helen Pidduck, Mrs. Pamela Pinkham, Gene Pitman, Wilma S. Poe, Theodore Polk, James and Stella Port, Amy Povah, Keith Powell, James and Susan Prosser, Sheila and Robert Rakestraw, H.D. Ranzenhofer, Lori and Richard Reisman, Ann and Rodney Resnick, Corinne J. Rhoads, Rita Richardson, Jon Lawrence Rivera, George Roberts and Janice Standing-Roberts, Patricia Robinson, Bob Robinson, Alyce and Robert Robinson, Duane O. Rodgers, Donal F. Rodrigues, Diane Ronneberg, Linda Roos, Sharon and George Rose, Margaret Rothschild and Richard Palmer, Nancy and Bill Russell, Micheline Sakharoff, Pat Salem, Sam and Mary Saputo, Roy and Sharon Schneider, Charles and Jane Schneider, Charles and Mary Schwabauer, Jeanne Scott, Catherine Scott Burris, Dr. Don and Millie Seidman, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selfridge, Lyndon R. Shaftoe, Robert Shaw, Mrs. Susan Shields, Tamar Shulem, Joel Silberman, Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Skaist, Signe and Bruce Smale, Rebecca and Jeffrey Smith, Cynthia and Jim Snell, Gary and Maureen Soporito, Paula Spellman, Lane Stalbird, Lisa Stephens and Dennis Hopkins, Rich Stewart and Harriet Clune, Eric and Missy Stoen, Midge and Dave Stork, Kathy and Bill Strnad, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sullivan, Jenny Sullivan, Nancy Kay Swanson, Judith and Melvyn Swope, Lee Tannen, Shirley Thayer, Timothy Tice, Ed and Dee Tingstrom, Delorine and Reid Tompkins, Warren and Jane Totten, Margaret and Dennis Travlos, Ruth and Jim Uphold, Allen and Kay Urban, Suzanne and Edward Vadnais, Mary Ann and William Bang, Michael Velthoen, Cindi Verbelun, Les and Judy Vielbig, Vicki Vierra, Phil Ward, Roz Warner and Michael Hogan, Jan and Hal Wasserman, Jerry and Brenda Watkins, Bill Whitlock and Art Mendoza, Jim Whitney, Gary and Cheryl Wilde, Julia Wilkerson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willis, Marion Witte, Wanda Woessner, Gail and Ed Wohlenberg, Joanne Wolf, Eunice M. Wood, Robert and Kathleen Wulf, Keith York, The Young Family, Helen Yunker, Margaret M. Zangrilli, Alfred Zaske, Myrna and Sy Zimmerman and David Zippel.
5/16/09: I've just received this e-mail from Karyl Lynn Burns,
Co-Founder of RTC:
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