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Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre starts crowdfunding campaign to continue free arts workshops

Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre starts crowdfunding campaign to continue free arts workshops
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From a press release:

In May, just two months after opening its doors, The Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre launched a free community class in poetry writing taught by local poet and master teacher Dawn Leas. Yesterday, they launched a screenwriting workshop with local director, producer, and screenwriter Jon YonKondy, MFA.

The response from the community has been tremendous, with requests for several more workshops. In order to underwrite the expenses of these workshops, such as the time and materials of the teachers, The Game Chateau has started a GoFundMe page to raise $1,200.

With the Wilkes-Barre Area School District’s recent controversial decision to cut arts, consumer science, and technology programs from local schools, these workshops are timely and have become even more important to the community.

“As a brand new small business in Wilkes-Barre, we are happy to donate the use of our venue for these programs, and we are turning to our community for support to keep these programs as free or inexpensive as possible for the next few months,” the owners wrote on the campaign page.

All contributors of $10 or more will receive free admission to an upcoming related event, as well as a complimentary coffee and pastry. The contributions will be placed in a special bank account that will only be used for arts and cultural classes/workshops/programs; any contributor who would like to audit the bank account statements may do so. The Game Chateau’s Arts Fund may only be used for master teacher stipends/allowance, course materials, program marketing (limited to 15 percent), equipment maintenance, additional art supplies, and scholarships.

Read more about The Game Chateau in the shop’s first-ever interview.