CINCINNATI, OH – On June 2, fellow Cincy Fringe artists banded together to raise funds for Brooklyn performer Tom Montagliano whose pop-up venue was rendered unstable after a flash storm ripped through the parking lot adjacent to the Know Theatre on Jackson Street and punctured his 40ft. inflatable igloo. The artists’ hand-crafted, electronic equipment was also damaged due to the sudden blast of rain and wind. All of this occurring on the afternoon of his first scheduled performance at the Cincy Fringe. But, there’s a happy ending…the fundraising goal was met in two days, the igloo was repaired with the help of fellow artists and volunteers, and the show is going to resume performances on Wednesday June 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Organizers of the “Fringe Family Help: Tom Montagliano” shared the fundraising campaign on social media with Fringe festival organizers around the world, asking performers and producers to donate anywhere between $5-$15 to show Tom how the global Fringe family takes care of each other. $1,817.00 was raised from fellow Fringers, local artists, and audience members who heard about Tom’s story. These funds will help cover temporary repairs, lost ticket sales from the cancelled shows, and more permanent repairs after the Cincy Fringe run. Aaron Young, a fellow visiting artist from Colorado, sewed up the gaping hole while local volunteers aided in the process of organizing and drying out the electronic equipment, restoring the lighting and the igloo itself, and reinforcing the structure.
Tickets to Immersive Igloo can be purchased here: https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/event/Immersive_Igloo/27399
Tom Montagliano: As a musician with over 12 years of engineering experience, Tom Montagliano combines his experimental and whimsical writing style along with his passion for developing software to create ambient, psychedelic soundscapes for multiple speaker arrays. Utilizing his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he has written his own software effects in order to control the movement of sound and provide people with a meticulously crafted auditory experience, while simultaneously affecting the senses and the soul.
LINK TO GOFUNDME: https://www.gofundme.com/fringe-family-help?member=254268