A.B.L.E. is kicking off the holiday season on #GivingTuesday with a 5-week Crowdrise campaign to support the creation of theatre and film projects for individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental differences. #giveABLE2018 will launch at at the stroke of midnight on #GivingTuesday, and end on December 31st at 11:59pm with a goal of $7,000.
A.B.L.E.’s CORE ENSEMBLES WILL SPEND A COMBINED 200+ HOURS IN REHEARSAL THIS SEASON.
In addition, A.B.L.E. is expanding outreach programming. We're welcoming industry professionals, like the internationally renowned physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, to lead guest artist masterclasses that deepen our ensemble's experiences with different types of performance. After the success of last summer's workshop series, we're looking forward to leading more specialized one-time workshops. A.B.L.E. teaching artists are leading a 6-week residency with students from The PACE program at National Louis University, and are pursuing additional partnerships with other community organizations that serve individuals with developmental differences. We’re broadening training opportunities to support our teaching artists and volunteer facilitators.
OCCUPANCY EXPENSES ACCOUNT FOR OVER 30% OF A.B.L.E.’S PROGRAM BUDGET.
We do not have our own location, so the cost of renting space for all of these sessions adds up quickly. Our minimum fundraising goal of $7000 is enough to ensure our teen and adult ensembles have space for their weekly rehearsals. If we can surpass this goal, the additional funds will allow us to go even further with outreach programming and to create more valuable experiences for our actors and others with Down syndrome and developmental differences.
Funds raised from the #giveABLE2018 campaign will allow A.B.L.E. to keep registration fees attainable for all who wish to participate. Together, we can build platforms that give individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental differences the opportunity share who they are and all they are A.B.L.E. to do!