Atwood Summerfest gets a new name -- and new organizers.
It's official. Atwood Summerfest will become Atwoodfest, and will be a joint production of the Schenk-Atwood Starkweather Yahara (SASY) Neighborhood Council, the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and The Barrymore Theatre. Provided adequate sponsors are found, this new partnership will offer opportunities not only to build community and showcase our neighborhood, but pave the way for more cross-community connection and cooperation.
Goodman Community Center refocusing and reprioritizing
We are saddened that the Goodman Community Center will no longer host the annual Atwood Summerfest. This decision was not easy for GCC's staff and Board of Directors. In fact, it was one of the most difficult decisions the organization has faced in the 60 years we have been serving the community.
Over the past few years, demand for our core programming has tripled. While our dedication to providing free and reduced-cost programming to children and families in our community remains as strong as ever, increased need has strained our staff and resources. In evaluating the biggest impacts of our work, it is clear that our resources are best allocated to supporting those who really need our help for food, academic and social support, career training and a sense of community.
For the past 31 years, Atwood Summerfest has been a part of the fabric of our community, bringing together friends, neighbors, local businesses, and artists of all kinds. We are immensely proud to have been able to celebrate our community at this event for so long. We are even more thankful for all of the support we have received throughout the years from friends and volunteers which has made this huge undertaking possible. We're thrilled it will continue.
Thanks to everyone in the community who volunteered, staff who put in extra hours to organize the fest, vendors who sold food and goods and, of course, all the people from far and wide who came to dance, listen to great music and enjoy the festivities. See you at Atwoodfest!
If you have any questions regarding Goodman Community Center's decision, please email firstname.lastname@example.org