GOSHEN — On Tuesday, the new independent film and live production theater, Art House, held an open house to give a sneak peek of future projects and events but also to celebrate meeting its goal of $30,000 through an online donation site.
“It was nice to know that by lunchtime everything was taken care of,” said board member Keith Hiebner. Art House reached its monetary goal by 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Through a fundraising campaign on kickstarter.com initiated by Hiebner, supporters could donate to Art House through the website, which was aimed to raise half of the necessary funds to open the space. Art House also received $15,000 in grant money from the Elkhart County Community Foundation.
According to Hiebner, even though Art House is a new space, the board members are nearly identical to those from what was New World Arts, which was primarily a live theater-based enterprise. He says the purpose of remodeling and changing the name was a way to rebrand, revitalize and make better use of the space.
The Art House project was conceived by Adrianne Nesbitt, artistic director, and with the help of board members the space was remodeled into an intimate and relaxed theater in a relatively short timeframe, with couches, a concession window and even the convenience of The Gateway Cellar Winery and Back Alley Brewery just downstairs.
But the end goal for Nesbitt and the board is not specifically to air movies, serve pretzels, popcorn and beverages, but to engage the surrounding artistic community as well.
“We’re really wanting to support local artists and what they’re wanting to do and accomplish,” said Nesbitt. he black box theater adjacent to the film theater will be the mainstay for this endeavor, and Nesbitt hopes it will also facilitate eventual classes for writing workshops, acting lessons — ”anything related to theater, music, or film,” she said.
But for now, the primary goal is sustainability. “Film is going to be the bread and butter,” said Nesbitt.
In October, the Art House will be nothing less than a flurry of activity. On Friday, Oct. 4, Art House will host an improv show at 9 p.m. Auditions for the production of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” which will be performed on Nov. 15, will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.
The weekend immediately following Thanksgiving will hold an “I need a break from my family” movie marathon, and throughout October Art House will be playing Halloween-themed movies, all of which will be free to the public.
“House on a Haunted Hill” will be shown at 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Monday, the 1922 German silent film “Nosferatu” at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 14 and “Night of the Living Dead” at midnight Oct. 19 and 8 p.m. Oct. 21. October will come to a close with a Halloween movie marathon, with details available upon inquiry.
More information can be found on Art House’s Facebook page, by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a voicemail at 538-2434.