Photos by Michael Brunk.
You may have seen that Arouet is now powered by Shunpike. What does that mean?
In our second year, Arouet is growing and we have decided to pursue the non-profit route. Arouet is not a non-profit organization at this time. Instead, we are a Associated Program of Shunpike, which provides Arouet with Fiscal Sponsorship. What that means is that while we grow, we are under Shunpike’s 501(c)3 umbrella and we are able to accept tax-deductible donations through them. As Arouet continues to grow we will eventually pursue our own non-profit status.
It also means that we benefit from the services Shunpike offers budding arts organizations such as ours. They handle all our financials, back office, and many other services on an as-needed basis. That frees us to focus on creating theatrical pieces for Seattle audiences. We are grateful to be a part of this great organization.
Another development is that Arouet now has a board of directors. I am now Artistic Director and am joined by Everett Bowling as Development Director, Daniel Cords as Outreach Director, and J.S. Epperson as web master and resident sound designer. Michael Brunk is Arouet’s resident photographer. Not only are we already working on BBQ for the fall, we are also developing two new works and choosing an additional play for next year.
We are very excited about what’s in store and can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned!
Founder, Artistic Director
Shunpike is the 501(c)3 non-profit agency that fuels innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds. Learn more at www.shunpike.org.