Dell’Arte International has been awarded $60,000 by All Points North Foundation, a small, private foundation that supports projects that promote solar energy awareness and implementation, to design and install a solar electricity generation system. Going solar is part of Dell’Arte’s ongoing environmental and sustainability effort, reflected not only in the message of Dell’Arte’s artistic programming, but also in administration operations and through its unique artist training program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
An assessment estimated that 70% of Dell’Arte facility’s electricity use will be offset by the system. The project is proposed to be completed in the fall of 2016 in partnership with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), Dell’Arte will use this new system to promote solar energy in the community; it is a demonstration of how non-profits can work towards more sustainable operations by reducing their energy costs and adopting renewable energy sources.
“As a foundation dedicated to navigating communities upwards, we are proud to support Dell’Arte’s initiative to go solar and promote solar energy usage to rural regions in Northern California,” said Laura Staich, executive director, All Points North Foundation. “The reduction in electricity costs fueled by the use of solar technology will enable Dell’Arte to continue put more resources towards serving as a vibrant, community-building center for artistic performance, training and research.”
Dell’Arte International is the work of a community of artists located in the town of Blue Lake. For 40 years, the combination of the original productions by the Dell’Arte Company, actor training programs, the annual Mad River Festival, and work in economic/community development have made Dell’Arte a place unlike any other on the American theatre map. Dell’Arte pioneered ‘theatre of place,’ creating and performing for Humboldt County audiences and around the world.