When Creative Time and Paul Chan came to New Orleans to talk with people about presenting Waiting for Godot and listen to their needs, we heard over and over: “You’ve got to spend the dime, and you’ve got to spend the time.” We therefore created a “Shadow Fund” to give local organizations rebuilding support in the neighborhoods where the play is presented. “More than a play, Waiting for Godot in New Orleans is a socially engaged performance at the heart of a national crisis, and direct support to the community is an essential component of the project,” stated Nato Thompson, Curator and Producer, Creative Time.
Chan’s inspiration for the Shadow Fund (excerpt from Chan’s artist statement)
The “shadow” fund has given $50,000 in small gifts of $1,000 - $5,000 each directly to the following local organizations for rebuilding efforts in neighborhoods where the play was presented, as well as in-kind donations as noted below.
or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212.206.6674 x 203. Please indicate that you would like your donation to be designated to the Shadow Fund.
NOLA International Human Rights Film Festival
Neighborhood Story Project
Students at the Center (with Kalamu ya Salaam)
Churches Supporting Churches (CSC)
The Renaissance Project
The New Orleans Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force
Pontilly Neighborhood Association
Community Book Center
NENA (Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association)
The New Orleans Kid Camera Project
Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association
Episcopal Church House Gutting Program
OTHERS with In-Kind (books, tools, etc.) and Smaller Donations:
Drawing: Paul Chan, 2007