What is The Aquadome?
The Aquadome is a not-for-profit arts, music, and community venue existing to create a vibrant, fruitful, and dynamic outlet for the Kirksville community. We are here to offer a place that proudly showcases our community and gives back to it. Just recently re-established in the last six months, we have so far hosted poetry slams, gallery showings, and concerts. Band performances at the Aquadome have ranged from Kirksvillian screamo and NEMO Christian rock to rockabilly folk from Columbia, MO.
Who runs the place?
A board of five members from the Kirksville and Truman community currently runs The Aquadome. We all have real lives, jobs, and a passion for all that The Aquadome is. We have the opportunity and responsibility to keep this place going. The fun parts include planning shows, interior decorating (spray paint and Christmas lights), contacting talented members from our community, group cleaning sessions, and meeting amazing people who come to events. The not-so-fun part is making rent.
What do we need?
What does every not-for-profit need? People. The Aquadome is continually searching for people who desire to contribute their time, talents, ideas, or spare change. The best part is, we proudly guarantee that your contributions will be noticed. A fresh new not-for-profit, we are bursting with opportunities to help.
What are our goals?
We want to provide learning opportunities by letting community members share what they know. For example, board member Cliff Greanjeans has offered to give FREE guitar and banjo lessons. Truman student Brokell Bridel would like give FREE yoga classes. Furthermore, we would love to have regular homework hours, where people could come to The Aquadome to study or tutor each other. Also, we host potlucks on Wednesdays, because who doesn’t like meeting great people and eating their food?
On the artistic side, we plan to provide a gallery space (we have LOTS of space) for student and local artists. We want to be able to share our space for your sorority’s philanthropy event, or to show that new indie flick that just came out. And, of course, we want to keep our music scene alive and growing by throwing concerts with local and traveling musicians. But, in order to accomplish these goals and new ones, we need to stay open.
The Aquadome requires about $450 each month to pay rent and utilities. How have we been getting by so far? Fundraising, admission from shows, private donations, and a lot of scrounging from the board’s pockets. These sources have worked so far, but right now, in these winter months when many people hibernate in their warm homes we are fresh out of funds. We are confident that we can persist with help from the dedicated and gifted people that make up our community. If our bare bones description of The Aquadome has inspired you, please check our facebook page and come to an event. BUT WAIT, are you so inspired that you want to contribute? You’re hired! Contact us.
How do I get involved?
If you have any time, money, a talent you’ve been dying to share, extra folding chairs, if you can push a broom, if you can paint a masterpiece, or if you have an empty place inside you (The Aquadome can probably fill it) email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located just behind the movie theater at 121 North Main Street.
We look forward to meeting you and helping to make our community a better place, one day at a time.