Awesome Newburgh Foundation Awards
3 Community Projects in Newburgh
At the inaugural Pitch Party on Sunday, March 17, the Awesome Newburgh Foundation a surprise of three projects a total of $1,000 each. The newly formed micro-granting foundation raised $3,000 from the public in the room and on GoFundMe to fund three of the fifteen projects: Girls to Ladies (1st place), Rural & Migrant Ministry’s Youth Arts Group (2nd place) and Newburgh Repair Cafe (3rd place). Ten trustees launched Awesome Newburgh Foundation in June 2018, it is supporting artists, businesses, and creatives, one grant at a time.
(Above) Winners at Awesome Newburgh
Girls to Ladies, a young teen girl empowerment group received support to produce a teen initiated, teen-led anti-violence project called “Making Piece”. This will be the installation of a cooperatively created quilt that will be toured in multiple venues followed by performance component. Youth Arts Group, a youth collective as part of the Rural & Migrant Ministry that empowers youth to make a difference in the community, received support for a workshop on empowerment of youth through art, justice and the disenfranchised. Newburgh Repair Cafe, fashioned after HV Repair Cafe, received support to create meeting places for repairing things (together) with experts, tools and materials to help make any repairs you need.
The Orange County Arts Council announced that they will match Awesome Newburgh’s $1,000 grant . Then an anonymous donor announced they would donate $100 to each applicant who presented but did not win. A call for Trustees resulted in two additional trustees joining the Awesome Newburgh Foundation. For the month of April and August, Orange County Arts Council will be awarding an arts-culture-based project a $2,000 grant.
Just so you know, we evaluate projects for impact, ability to successfully execute, and originality. Please note that we do not fund travel, salaries, or living expenses.
Maria Martinez of Youth Arts Group says “The funds will help cover the cost for their three youth-led committees: Farmworkers’ Rights, Separation of Families and Domestic Violence. Newburgh Assemblyman, Kevindaryan Lujan who helps promote the Newburgh Repair Cafe says “This award will allow the Repair Café to continue supporting community members by fixing their broken household items, thus reducing waste in our landfills.”
The Pitch Party took place on St. Patrick’s Day at Thornwillow Institute’s Carriage House and was free and open to the public. State Senator James Skoufis attended and applauded the positive energy. Applicants had three-minutes to pitch their project to a live audience consisting of friends, community members, trustees and past grantees. Over 180 guests voted on their favorite project that had the potential to inspire, engage and celebrate community in Newburgh. Trustees are looking forward to continuing the program as regular monthly micro-grants. The next deadline is April 1, 2019.
Corporate sponsors included: Bliss Kitchen, Cold Spring Cheese Shop, Newburgh Flour Shop, Newburgh Restoration, More Good Beacon, Newburgh Brewing Company, Palate Wines & Spirits, & Seven Sons by Adrian Quinn. The Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of “awesomeness” in the universe, $1000 at a time. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. http://www.AwesomeNewburgh.org.