Arts, Culture, and Humanities

CITIZENS FOR OUR BRIDGE INC DBA Steel Bridge Creative Foundation

aka Steel Bridge Creative Foundation   |   Sturgeon Bay, WI   |  www.SteelBridgeCreativeFoundation.org

Mission

Citizens for Our Bridge, Inc. (CfOB) DBA 'Steel Bridge Creative Foundation' is a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and supporting the nationally significant historic Sturgeon Bay (Michigan Street) Bridge (a Door County Veterans Memorial) and the Historic Downtown District located in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, while stimulating and fostering the Sturgeon Bay collaborative music and arts scene through community outreach, education and creative events.

Ruling year info

2014

president

Pat MacDonald

Co Principal Officer

Melanie Jane

Main address

59 N 2nd Ave

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 USA

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Formerly known as

Citizens For Our Bridge, Inc.

EIN

20-2961816

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Construction Zone

The Construction Zone is a collaborative songwriting intensive for professional and aspiring songwriters that takes place the week leading up to and including the annual Steel Bridge Songfest. Participation is by invitation only. It involves a week of collaborative songwriting and performing with a purpose in mind. The sessions begin with a meet-and-greet dinner for all writers. Out-of-towners are housed at the Holiday Music Motel, located near the steel bridge in downtown Sturgeon Bay. All 18 rooms are blocked out for songwriters during the event; accommodations are free of charge for invited guests thanks to sponsorship from the Holiday Music Motel. Collaboration is encouraged and facilitated, if requested. Writers are encouraged (but not required) to derive inspiration from the steel bridge. The Bridge-with-a-capital-B has long been a potent metaphor in popular song. The Steel Bridge is a great symbol of strength and of joining together, the melding of diverse cultures, divergent views, the old and the new, the words and the music, the tangible and the intangible… The word “bridge” doesn’t need to be used in expressing thoughts and emotions inspired by the presence of a steel span. The connection need not be conscious. It just happens. Writing takes place in the various motel rooms, coffee shops around town, by the waterside, any place writers want to go for focus, stimulation, or solitude. There are two-three recording studios operating 24/7 with full-time engineers in order to document the songs written throughout the week. Every night at dusk, there are round robins for all attendees, where all the writers listen to mixes of the songs that were written and recorded the previous day. Unlike some other songwriting events, there are no attendance fees for “aspiring” writers. Food, drink, and accommodations are free. Writers retain full ownership of their contribution to songs written at the event.  This intense collaborative process allows the individual artist to expand their techniques and network with other artists. The week ends in public performances of the fresh new works at venues throughout Sturgeon Bay during the Steel Bridge Songfest. Artists donate the recorded music to the Citizens for Our Bridge/Steel Bridge Creative Foundation effort and compilation CD's are created for sale to the public.

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CITIZENS FOR OUR BRIDGE INC DBA Steel Bridge Creative Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

PAT MACDONALD

melanie jane

bill parsons

pat macdonald

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Keywords

historic preservation, education, collaboration, songwriting, art, music, outreach