Depot launches fall campaign for increased arts and culture funding
DULUTH, MN (KBJR)-- In downtown Duluth, one building is home to eight different organizations, all of which bring arts and culture to Duluth.
The Duluth Playhouse, The Minnesota Ballet, and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra are just some of the organizations that reside in the historic St. Louis County Depot.
Now, after more than a year of people not being able to gather and enjoy what each organization has to offer, they are uniting to help each other raise money and get the arts thriving again.
“Just because organizations have survived through this moment doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t still need help to come back from this,” said Jessica Peterson, the development director of The Depot Foundation. “We don’t know when things are going to go back to normal.”
The Depot Foundation is partnering with the Depot United Campaign for the first time in more than 10 years, with the hopes of bringing in more funding for arts and culture.
“If people want these organizations to stick around for the long term, we need to support them and that’s what this campaign is really about,” Peterson said.
The 2021 campaign officially launched Monday. All the money raised through grants and donations will be evenly split between the eight nonprofits housed in the Depot.
“We really do appreciate the support that we’ve seen,” said Renee Mattson, the chair of The Depot Foundation and co-chair of the Depot United Campaign. “People have been generous in this time, recognizing how important it is to help our fellow artists, our fellow performers, and just people in general.”
The Depot Foundation moved their office back to the Depot this summer in anticipation of the partnership launch.
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