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to The Why Collective:
General Support



Last year, your donations allowed us to feature over 100 emerging and established artists of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and artistic disciplines.

Together, we:

  • Premiered more than 20 new songs by collective composers 

  • Premiered countless works of poetry, spoken word, and prose.

  • Presented 3 world premiere interdisciplinary projects, including:

  • MIXT: A Living Gallery, 

  • The Smallest Sound, in the Smallest Space

  • Words of the Prophets 

  • Presented a reimagined version of the recently premiered staged-concert, The Womxn Have Something to Say, in a co-production with Intersection Arts.   

  • Hosted a creativity workshop, called What Do YOU Have to Say?, encouraging people of all ages and artistic experience to become reacquainted with their inner children through creative expression.  


This year, we plan to develop:
- An operatic double bill 
- 3 new mutlidisciplinary plays
- A new version of "The Smallest Sound, in the Smallest Space"
- And workshops to develop the next "MIXT: A Living Gallery"





-MIXT Sponsor:

This elite sponsorship tier will cover the entire development of the next MIXT: A Living Gallery, from monthly community creativity workshops

to the curation of a full weekend of Live Gallery performances and

showcases next winter. 


-Angel: I want to sponsor the Director or Conductor of a new work.


-Impresario: I want to sponsor a week-long workshop of a new work. 



-Artist Sponsor: I want to sponsor one artist for a 2024 workshop.



-General Support :  I would like to support the development of new works of experimental theatre in any department of need!



Click below to donate via our 501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsor: Fractured Atlas, through which all donations are fully tax-deductible!


*Fractured Atlas offers many helpful services, so they keep an 8% fee. 

If you don't care about the tax deduction, you can avoid the 8% fee and donate directly to our campaign via Venmo (@thewhycollective) or Zelle (

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Thank you!


We are grateful for all donations, and whether you donate $5 or $5,000, your name will be recognized in our printed programs!

As an extra token of our appreciation, donors above $100 will receive

the following gifts:


$100-499: Personalized thank-you note with a Retro logo sticker 


$499-999: The above, plus exclusive access to read a new script or score that is currently in development, plus exclusive 40% off discount code for tickets to (Live or Virtual) to a performance of your choice in 2024.


$1,000+: The above, plus 2 comp tickets (Live or Virtual) to a performance of your choice in 2024

Other Ways to Give:

Venmo: @thewhycollective


Paper Check: If you’d like to support us via check, they should be made payable to "Sydney Anderson dba The Why Collective'' and, if desired, the project title of your choice, in the memo line.


Checks should be mailed to:

The Why Collective 

8402 Slayton Settlement Road

Gasport, NY 14067

Non-monetary giving:

We recognize that not everyone is in a position to donate money. (Like, we really get it. We are artists living in NYC.) We also recognize that there are so many other ways to give, and those gifts of time, lodging, food, and encouragement mean the world to us. 

Email us at if you can offer support in any of the following ways this season:

- Donating food for artists on long rehearsal days

- Offering gift cards for wellness services for our artists (massage, etc.)

- Offering childcare for artists with children during evening rehearsals.

- Offering transportation of artists, props, instruments, etc. 


And the best gift you can offer us is to help spread the word about this fundraising campaign to your networks!




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