Help Us Open Our Doors
In 2013, a group of artist-organizers came together to address the growing issues of safe, affordable art space and to create a way to collectively empower each other and share resources. The result of those conversations was Le Mondo. We’re building the dream of an artist-owned-and-driven performing arts complex from the ground up and have from the beginning with your help.
Last year, YOU helped us secure our buildings from the city and in it our future on Howard Street. Now, after nearly a year of grassroots development, we are almost ready to open MONDO, our first building housing a mid-sized performing arts venue, neighborhood bar, and affordable artist studio spaces.
Thanks to recent funding and donors like you, we are now very close to opening the doors of our first space to the public and hosting programming seven nights a week on Howard Street this year.
We want you to help us scale this last hill and open MONDO. These funds will allow us to upgrade our outdated water system and sprinklers (allowing more people in the space!) as well as enabling us finish out our outfitting the MONDO bar and equipping the performance venue. This final push will open our doors to the public for the first time!
Last year, 200 individual donors like you helped us raise $25,000. If 480 donors help us this year, we will reach our goal of $60,000. Help us open our doors for the first time: www.crowdrise.com/lets-open-le-mondo
What We Will Do
MONDO, our first building to open, will be a 350-person multi-use performance venue located at 404/406 N. Howard St. In addition to a sizable and flexible performance space, it will include a neighborhood bar, artist studios, office space, and a commercial retail space. Our mission is to keep this venue artist-oriented and affordable. MONDO will bring a dense and active space to the 400 block of N. Howard St. and an accessible and much-needed mid-size performance venue addition to Baltimore.
Getting MONDO open will not only provide these valuable additions to Baltimore’s art scene, it will be the jumping-off point for a groundbreaking performing arts complex driven by artists in Baltimore. It will propel the fundraising and buildout of our adjacent two buildings, which will include a black box theatre, affordable live/work apartments, workshop facilities, dance/rehearsal space, classroom space, and a restaurant. Opening our first venue, MONDO will help catapult these developments for the future.
Is there any other way I can help?
You can also become a fundraiser for us. If you would like to give more than you’re capable of giving, you can start your own fundraising profile within our page. You can set the dollar amount you’d like to raise, and you can reach out to your friends, family, and social network to reach your goal. This is a great way for us to reach this goal together.
So, if 60 people raised $1000 for the Le Mondo Project, we would reach our goal in no time! Visit www.crowdrise.com/lets-open-le-mondo to set up your profile, or contact our development director by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in setting up your profile.
We are always honored and humbled to work with the greatest arts community in America. Le Mondo is our way of providing for, and nurturing this community. We want the rest of the world to see what we in Baltimore already know: we live in an incredible city with an art scene that defies the possible and transcends the finite.
How Else Can I Help?
Volunteer Your Time
Le Mondo is run by real, live humans for other real, live humans who love art and collaborative endeavors. There are a myriad of ways you can contribute your time and skills to making this project blossom. Contact us here to receive our most current list of volunteer opportunities at Le Mondo.
Le Mondo could be a great home for your next donation! For any potential in-kind donations and our current wish list, please contact email@example.com
Thank you to our 2016 – 2017 sponsors
Baltimore Community Foundation
The Redevelopment Fund
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
The Abell Foundation
The Jim and Patty Rouse Charitable Foundation
Our 2016 – 2017 Crowdrise Campaign Donors
MONDO Birthday Bash Sponsors
March 16, 2017