The mission of Capital Fringe, a 501©3 non-profit organization founded in 2005, is to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by making space, earning opportunities and the artistic and administrative support for the creation and execution of live performance and visual art. Over the past 13 years, Capital Fringe has become well known and relied upon for providing space, resources and opportunities for both individual artists and companies, as well as a place for community building and expression.
Fringe attains its mission by reaching out to the artists and audiences in its area first. Based on its most recent survey in 2017, approximately 57% of the artists with whom Capital Fringe works with are from the District, and an additional 23% are from the surrounding communities with the balance of 20% from outside the region. 35% of Capital Fringe’s audience is from the District—spread across all neighborhoods and wards; 57% of its audiences come from just outside the District in Maryland and Virginia with the remaining 8% are from other regions across the country. Over 50% of Capital Fringe’s audience are between the ages of 25-54 and 30% are between the ages of 55-65.
Capital Fringe occupied the space known as Fort Fringe from 2008 – 2014, spending $5,000 permonth on rent plus utilities, and built several performance spaces in buildings that had not been occupied in years. It was very much a D.I.Y. venue.
In October 2014, Capital Fringe purchased and moved into its permanent home, the Logan. This property consists of a two-story 9,314 square foot building and 2,400 square feet of outdoor space. This building was originally an auto body shop and then became a for-profit art gallery in 2007.
In June 2014, Fringe agreed to purchase its new building for $4,500,000, putting down a $350,000 non-refundable deposit to secure the space until closing in October. Fringe closed on the building on October 6, 2014, paying $1,950,000 with take back seller financing for $2,550,000 in outstanding debt with a 4% interest only rate in 2015 and 6% in 2015. Additionally, the deal required another $500,000 payment in February 2015 resulting in $2,050,000 debt financing over the next two years.
With Fringe on solid financial footing, and a new asset on its balance sheet, bank financing was arranged with a loan from its bank of 10-years, PNC Bank, in the amount of $2,206,518. Fringe received one loan for $1,200,000 with a fixed rate of 3.9% (interest and principle) and a maturity of seven years and a second loan for $1,006,518 with a floating rate equal to 3.25% (interest only) minus the prime rate (currently .10) and a maturity of five years. Capital Fringe is now in position to renovate and complete the Logan and ensure long-term viability of the space for local artists and the community.
WHAT THE ARTISTS ARE SAYING
Our artist surveys are conducted anonymously, quotes cannot be attributed to a specific individual or company.
“Fringe offered setting up venues, venue manager, experience, overall marketing, legitimacy, relaxed expectations, venue negotiations, insurance, buzz, camaraderie, box office and the like.”
“Fringe provides a structure, support, realistic price tag and a built-in audience that you don’t get at any other venue in DC.”
WHAT THE AUDIENCES ARE SAYING
Our audience surveys are conducted anonymously, quotes cannot be attributed to a specific individual.
“DC is such a stodgy town and it’s wonderful to see non-blockbuster style arts thriving here. A great opportunity to see DC artists. I’ve gotten to see lots of new theater spaces because of the Fringe Festival.”
“I never thought DC would have another DC Space until I walked into the Fringe Arts Space in the NE. The space is magic.”
WHAT OUR NEIGHBORS ARE SAYING
“Fringe’s presence will continue to bolster the neighborhood’s reputation as a vibrant arts district and that as a result, restaurants, and area entertainment venues will thrive.” — Doug Yeuell, Executive Director, Atlas Performing Arts Center
“Although I work part-time at Capital Fringe, it is a full-time experience. If given the opportunity, our neighbors will visit, and immerse themselves in the different forms of independent art in music, theater, dance, and visual and live performances.”— Patricia Crowe, Staples Street NE Neighbor
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING
“I think Fringe started at a good time here,” Brienza says. “And the city is getting to the point where it’s a place, and not just a municipality.” What she means, in part, is a “place” for younger makers of theater to feel as if they’re becoming part of something. It’s up to the community’s leaders to make sure it does.”— Peter Marks, Washington Post
2007 Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts
2007 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID
2011 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts
2013 Helen Hayes Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community
2013-2017 Best Theatre Festival Washington City Paper “Best of DC”
2015 Non-Profit of the Year by the Washington Business Journal
2015 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID. Outstanding Partnership/Program for Dance of Cranes - Gould Property, Miller and Long and National Park Service
Most recently, in September 2016 Julianne was presented with the “Visionary Leadership Award” at the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, recognizing the “invaluable contribution” that her work with Fringe has made on arts in the District.