Large white envelopes will be showing up in the mailboxes of residents of Fairbury and Jefferson County, Nebraska and in Washington County, Kansas. Those envelopes – over 6,400 of them – contain an assessment survey sent out by the Bonham Theatre Project board of directors. The goal of the survey is to gather vital information and ideas to help to shape the future of the Bonham Theatre, located in historic downtown Fairbury.
According to Bonham Theatre Project board member Brooke Schwab, filling out and submitting the finished survey helps provide the necessary community input required to help produce a viable business plan for the Bonham Theatre. The creation of an extensive, all-encompassing business plan one of the key elements required to apply for grants from outside foundations and economic development agencies. “The short survey has a lot of power in a few words and can make a big difference in securing outside funding for the project. It also helps us map a direction to pursue in setting the framework for reopening/renovating the theater in terms of what our citizens want to see,” Diane Schutt, president added.
The survey was produced in collaboration with UNK Center for Rural Research and Development, Shawn Kaskie, director. “Once all the surveys have been collected, UNK will tabulate the results and compile the findings for use in the production of a suitable business plan for the BTP,” Treasurer Debby Ebke said. The costs to produce and mail the survey were paid for in part through a grant from the Sherwood Foundation.
Completed surveys can be turned in at several locations, including Ray’s Apple Market, Starr-Buckow Insurance and all three branches of the First National Bank in Fairbury. In addition, junior and senior high school students will be asked to complete an on-line survey during their lunch periods to better assess what youth would like to see and use at the theaters, Schutt said.
Volunteers are needed to help with survey collection efforts. “Assistant Street Superintendant Laura Bedlan put together maps for our canvassing effort. If we can get 70-80 people to participate, collection of the surveys should be really fast on Sunday. We would like to work in pairs to cover routes in the city,” Schwab said.
Volunteers will be going door-to-door in the city limits of Fairbury on Sunday, May 5, starting at 1 p.m., to pick up the finished surveys. Completed surveys can also be taped to doors on Sunday for people who wish to provide input, but will not be home for the pick-up.
Those wishing to help with survey collection are asked to meet at the Bonham Theatre this Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information call Brooke Schwab at 402-587-0683 or email email@example.com, or Diane Schutt at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Bonham Theatre Project log on to www.BonhamTheatreProject.org.
And The Survey Says…
The Bonham Theatre Project Board of Directors in April identified key project planning and development issues regarding community needs and market feasibility for the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Bonham Theatre in downtown Fairbury. The survey results have now been tallied and will be published next week. “The community survey results are necessary to determine the direction and scope of the project and to lay the groundwork for grant applications,” according to board member, Julie Katz. For news, updates, photos and more, visit their facebook page, Click Here.