Mineral School is in a fortunate position for a brand-spanking-new startup nonprofit: Under our agreement with our supportive landlord, we have the full use of the school building, gym, and fields behind it until deep into 2017. We’ve got the space rent-free, utility-free, and more or less scot-free (except for a bit of insurance). And even when we get to 2017, our landlord is pretty friendly about working with us until we build a sustainable operating budget.

What this means is that as a startup, we have no utility or lease-related expenses, which are some of the most expensive costs a new arts organization–particularly a new organization with an overnight residency program–can face. During 2015 and 2016, we are fundraising to support the care and feeding of artists in residence and to bring visiting authors and artists to the area to present their work to the community. We need help to fund feeding and hosting these folks, as well as help funding office, laundry, and cleaning expenses. Our residents also appreciate dictionaries and a stocked library.

Mineral School is also fortunate to work with Shunpike as our fiscal sponsor. Working with a fiscal sponsor means that, even thought we’re not yet a 501c3 organization, we can accept tax-deductible donations nonetheless through our Shunpike relationship. We’d be happy to tell you about the innovative way we’re going about making Mineral School a reality, and grateful for any support you’d like to provide via our secure Shunpike donation link.