Countdown is ON! “AlgomaTrad Grows” Crowdfunding Campaign Closes This Saturday, Jan 09
Algoma – AlgomaTrad is entering the final week of the AlgomaTrad Grows crowdfunding campaign, having raised over $120,000 so far and still going strong.
All donations are appreciated and will be accepted right up to the end of the campaign on Saturday, January 9th at 9pm. More information, including a compelling video about the project, can be found at fundrazr.com/AlgomatradGrows.
AlgomaTrad is establishing the AlgomaTrad Centre, an environmentally-sustainable, year-round home for learning and sharing traditional music, dance, and heritage arts programs on St. Joseph Island. The organization is raising funds in order to leverage pending provincial and federal grant money that is conditional on AlgomaTrad providing a percentage of the funding. Every $1,000 raised in the campaign can help secure up to $9,000 of government grants.
Programming for the Centre, including culinary and fibre arts, permaculture and sustainable agriculture, heritage woodworking and building, ceramics, blacksmithing, stonework, as well as music and dance, will provide employment opportunities for instructors, musicians, artists, and craftspeople, as well as local youth. This programming has the potential to attract hundreds of new visitors to the region with a significant economic spin-off for local businesses and farms. The annual AlgomaTrad Family Camp already draws visitors from across Canada and the U.S. to St. Joseph Island each year. The Centre will also provide a venue for community concerts and a beautiful rental space for events such as weddings and conferences.
“We invite everyone to join us in this community-built project,” says co-founder Julie Schryer.
In 2016, AlgomaTrad acquired property on St. Joseph Island to develop the Centre. Recent site improvements include a large timber frame pavilion, built with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and donations of funds and skills from over 100 volunteers, and environmental restoration through the planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs.
Moving forward, AlgomaTrad’s infrastructure plan includes a concert hall and a community kitchen for hosting workshops, performances, dances, and events throughout the year as well as establishing a permaculture landscape, improving the facility for accessibility, and winterizing buildings.
“It is an incredibly magical space,” says co-founder Pat O’Gorman, “and we want to create more of that magic. We want the AlgomaTrad Centre to be a destination in Northern Ontario for multi-generational and inspirational learning, sharing, and celebration.”
AlgomaTrad encourages everyone to watch the evocative campaign video and consider becoming a part of the AlgomaTrad Grows campaign. The campaign will end with an on-line event at 8pm, Saturday, January 09, details to be announced; check algomatrad.ca for more info or “AlgomaTrad” on Facebook or Instagram.