SCDT FUNDRIVE: Resilience Relevance Reinvention

You can make a difference by donating today to School for Contemporary Dance & Thought Inc.
An arts organization dedicated to bringing innovative programing in dance, performance and movement education to diverse communities in the Pioneer Valley 
HELP SCDT REACH OUR GOAL of $20,000 by donating now. Your donation has double the impact, because we have SEVERAL GENEROUS DONORS WHO WILL MATCH OUR FIRST $10,000 raised by December 1! 

FUNDS RAISED WILL SUPPORT OUR DYNAMIC PROGRAMS including Hatchery , HUT , WIP , and RIFFTALKS  ( see narrative below for details)

photo credit: Peter Raper

Dear friends,

SCDT has managed to ride the wave of Covid changes and although we are still programming classes, workshops and performances, attendance and revenue have been cut by almost 50%.
NOW, SCDT needs your support! We are aiming to raise $20,000 by Dec 1, to support operating costs to continue programming BEYOND the pandemic. Generous donors have offered to match $10,000 of funds raised by December 1!
+ Please support us as we continue to adapt. Change is the new normal. (It was actually the old normal too…)
+ Our creative spirit is the heart of our resilience, while your support offers us the foundational muscle and bones.
+ We have been given a $10,000 matching gift donation, which will maximize your donation! Match by DECEMBER 1!
In 2020 and 2021 SCDT:
-Produced : 40 performances, 20 workshops, 250 classes; 75 artists
-Moved to our new home: Check out The Northampton Community Arts Trust! 33 Hawley street  !
-Received grants and donations: Over $25,000 in grants from the MCC, Art Angels, LCC, NEFA and private foundations
-Offer new programming and moved our entire weekly class schedule to a HYBRID MODEL!
Class schedules 
Hawley Street Ballet 
Hatchery Teen Dance Company 
Somatic Survival Strategies 
Teen Screen Dance Festival 
Distributed Curation Project with APE 
Donations to The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought are tax deductible. The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought is a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN: 82-4126933.

Diversity and Inclusion
SCDT's mission is to welcome individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, class and ability. We do not turn anyone away for lack of funds and offer scholarships and programing that expand curation and access to underserved communities. We partner with organizations that work for diverse communities and engage an array of teaching artists, who represent the student body we aim to support. We also offer BIPOC waivers for all events, and offer scholarships, work study, and internships.
SCDT’s collaborative partnerships are essential to the mission of diversity. Hatchery partners with The Performance Project of Holyoke, MA. Young artists from different cultures work together to create and collaborate. Hatchery engages guest choreographers from diverse backgrounds including Vanessa Anspaugh, Lauren Horn, Jasmine Hearn, Shakia Johnson, and Sade Murray, most recently.
SCDT prioritizes and is committed to programs that support the needs of independent artists at every stage in their careers and their creative processes, from research and development to production. SCDT staff is composed of working artists who support creators in their art-making, and connect the public, university communities, and local and regional organizations.


  • Thomas Averill 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
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    • $2,500 
    • 4 d
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Jennifer Polins 
Northampton, MA
School for Contemporary Dance & Thought Inc 
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