On Monday, October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept into the Martha Graham Center’s basement warehouse, flooding and battering the space, and leaving the Martha Graham Dance Company’s historic collection of sets, costumes, and artifacts – collected over eighty years and valued at $4 million – immersed in water and waste for six days. From original costumes worn by Martha Graham, to sets and jewelry designed by Isamu Noguchi, to costumes created specifically for public high school partner schools, the scope of the damage is undeniably significant. We invite you to join our efforts to rebuild.
We have established the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for the Martha Graham Dance Company. With your help, we will reclaim, restore, or recreate every object central to the Graham legacy and the important work of the Company during this challenging period and in the future.
All Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund Contributors will receive updates on our progress and be recognized for their generosity.
All Contributors of $100 or more will receive an invitation to a private Season Preview Performance and Reception with the Artistic Director.
All Contributors of $1,000 or more will be recognized in the 2013 New York Season program.
SPONSOR A BALLET
Lead Partners in the Recovery Fund are invited to completely restore the sets, costumes and props for a single Graham ballet. The costs range from $15,000 to $150,000, depending on the ballet.
Your lead support will be recognized in the performance programs of the ballet you support when it is performed in the future, as well as in the Company’s New York Season program and other targeted publicity.
If you wish, please contact our Director of Development, Meghan McCormick, directly to discuss which of your favorite ballets you would like to sponsor.
We believe our recovery progress relies upon collaboration and partnership. We seek and welcome corporate, creative, and institutional partners that are willing and able to provide volunteers, pro-bono expertise, and goods and services in-kind.
We will be updating this page with a list of needs. In the meantime, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and interest.
TO DONATE BY MAIL:
Please make your check payable to the Martha Graham Center and mail to: Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014. Kindly note Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund in the memo of the check.
All donations to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for the Martha Graham Dance Company are fully tax-deductible.
Please direct all media inquiries to Suzanne Flanagan.