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Cité des Arts holding fundraiser to save venue

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 20:10:58-05

A campaign fundraiser is hoping to bring relief to a downtown Lafayette non-profit that supports the area's art and theater scenes.

"Save Cité des Arts" was started by the non-profit with a goal of raising $40,000 to pay the non-profit's rent and other expenses.

The organization says that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused many performances, classes and workshop at their location on Vine Street to be canceled. The group's revenue has been $0 since the pandemic began, and they say they need help keeping the doors open.

The economic impact of the pandemic on the arts and culture sector, they say, has been felt far and wide with a loss of an estimated $14.6 billion.

"The doors opened on this facility in June 2002. Since that time, many artists have entertained our audiences and graduated to larger and more far-flung venues," a press release states. "We have seen local artists and their work spread out across the country. But these artists do not forget us! They frequently remind us that they could not have done it without the facility and support of Cité des Arts."

Cité officials say their reopening will help other downtown businesses rebound as well.

"People come to our theater when we're open, and if we have a full house, they might go across the street to one of the establishments on Jefferson around the corner," said Program Director Daniel Ladmirault. "They'll eat at one of the restaurants downtown. They'll have a drink after the show at one of the bars downtown. So we bring people downtown."

Donations are currently being accepted on the Cité Des Arts website. You can make a one time donation or set up a monthly donation plan for any amount you'd like. You can donate by using your credit card or PayPal account.

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