Save the Arlene

Dear Friends of the Arlene,

Like many community-based non-profit organizations representing the cultural arts, due to the pandemic, we’ve had to close our doors and programming, resulting in zero revenue for months, and dramatically impacting the Arlene Francis Center. Heading into this fall and winter, with the anticipated continued closure of gathering spaces like The Arlene Francis Center, we are in need of your help to continue our mission of integrating spirit, art and politics, and linking cultural activism to changing the world.

The Arlene has impacted many souls near and far and has been a magnificent representation of Sonoma County’s diverse micro-communities, producing a variety of music showcases, fundraisers, festivals and weekly classes.   The Arlene has also provided a space for various community groups to meet and for people to engage in conscious activism such as C.O.L.E. (Citizen Oversight of Law Enforcement - the group the Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO ordinance came out of), La Familia, The Sunrise Movement and the Graton Day Labor Center.

Covid 19 has limited everyone’s ability to connect with other people in the ways we normally would do so.  The Arlene is currently exploring the best way to  develop the capacity to live stream and continue connecting our community, at least virtually if not in person.  In order for us to be able to live stream from the classroom, the cafe and the courtyard, as well as the theater, we need your support.  

So comrades, with your help, together we can continue this important work and reach our goal of $20,000 to enable us to get through the coming year until it's safe for us to re-open, expand our ability to connect with you by developing our livestream capabilities, and continue our efforts to synthesize Spirit, Art, and Politics!

Thank you,
The Arlene Francis Center 
Martin Hamilton
Peter Gabel
Colleen O'Neal 

The Arlene Francis Foundation: Nonprofit charitable, cultural, educational, and social activities united by a common purpose - the development of a theory and practice to foster the creation of a better world, in which we come to see one another as the source of each other's completion, as inherently good and caring social and ecological beings who seek to fully recognize our common humanity and interconnectedness with all of life, and to create a world based upon kindness, justice, love, and respect for the earth.



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