AAI Theatre COVID-19 Relief Fund

Hello, my name is Melanie Zapper and I am the instructor and director for the Performing Arts and Theatre program within the Arcata Arts Institute (AAI).  We are located in the rural town of Arcata, California, and are a part of Arcata High School.

This past spring,  our theatre program was one week away from opening our production of RENT, school edition, when we went into shelter in place.  As is the case with many other theatres, that left us with all of the expenses of the show without the income from the ticket sales.  As a result, the AAI Theatre program will be starting next school year $5000 in debt, a significant loss to our program.  

The purpose of this GoFundMe is to help recuperate our losses.  All donations to this platform will be used to pay off our debt.  Any additional funding will be used to ensure our students and community continue to have quality performing arts experiences on our campus.  

As the AAI Theatre instructor and director, I know that both the students and I would have preferred to have you sitting in our audience for our show over this request, however in these times, that is not an option.  Any contribution you can make would be greatly appreciated.  I can not express how much your donation would mean to me and the students.  Thank you for your continued support of the performing arts in our local educational setting.
  • Damara Fuller 
    • $35 
    • 26 mos
  • Darcy Robins 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
  • Stacy Young 
    • $50 
    • 26 mos
  • Julie Angles  
    • $25 
    • 26 mos
  • Doris DeLashmutt 
    • $30 
    • 27 mos
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Melanie Quillen Zapper 
McKinleyville, CA