North Star Ballet’s next step: a home for the future
North Star Ballet started in 1980 with Fairbanks kids who wanted to dance and Fairbanks parents who wanted to help them. In 1986, we started producing The Nutcracker with an extraordinary outpouring of community support that has continued every year since.
For every one of those 30 years, about 70 Fairbanks kids rehearsed every weekend and a lot of weekdays to get ready to be a Mouse, or an Elf, or a Snowflake. Starting in September. For every one of those 30 years, almost 2,000 Fairbanks school kids saw The Nutcracker on a field trip. That’s almost 60,000 kids over 30 years.
For every one of those 30 years, the Elves and Snowflakes had to get up really early that morning to be ready to perform for the school kids. And for every one of those 30 years, that early morning was just the beginning of a busy weekend for dancers and volunteers sharing The Nutcracker with the families of Fairbanks. It takes a lot of work to put on The Nutcracker.
Since 1992, North Star Ballet has been doing that work in a rented building on the Fairgrounds. It’s way too small, cramped and drafty. We outgrew it years ago. Now we have the chance to buy a real home. We’ve looked at a lot of options for a real home over the past 30 years.
Artisan’s Courtyard is the best option for us. It’s modern, warm and welcoming. It’s big enough to grow our programs and let us collaborate with others.
Rasmuson Foundation just awarded us $250,000 toward the purchase. That’s a substantial part of the down payment. Ruby Marine and ICHARR (and others who want to be anonymous) are helping too.
We need your help to raise the rest. Use the form below to make a donation via Paypal to support our future or click here to download the PDF of the form.