Rosebud Lives

Rosebud School of the Arts provides training for professional theatre students, and over 35,000 visitors a year come to experience Rosebud Theatre productions. Unfortunately, current physical distancing guidelines have caused us to cancel 4 of 5 of our shows this season, putting both the school and theatre in a dire position. Rosebud Lives is a fundraising campaign to help us weather the COVID storm as we come up with new and creative ways to bring theatre back to our audiences.

On a positive note, being the smallest theatre training program in the province, RSA has been approved to move ahead with in-person classes in September. Under the AHS provisions of a Performing Arts Cohort, we can continue to fulfill our mission to train theatre artists who are equipped to be catalysts for transformation in our world. Our students can’t wait to get back to it! However, RSA does not receive any government education funding, and as you can imagine, without revenue from ticket sales this year, the need for support remains urgent.

Thank you Donors!

Thank you to everyone who has given so far to our Rosebud Lives campaign. We're happy to announce that Phase 1 surpassed our goal! The message we are hearing is that you want Rosebud to Live. We are so grateful.

For Phase 2 of Rosebud Lives, we hope to raise $100,000 between August 1 and September 30. Earlier this year we had a generous couple give $50,000 to use as matching funds for this campaign. So, your donation will be doubled!

$96,890.86 has been raised of the $100,000 goal for Phase 2 of Rosebud Lives

What our students are saying about being back in class:

To me, being part of the RSA cohort makes me feel so blessed. I have really enjoyed being around all the people here and sharing stories and memories with one another the past few weeks!
- Claire, Theatre Foundations
By having in person classes I feel that the theatre arts experience being offered by the school, the students and most importantly the faculty far exceeds the learning potentials offered by any online curriculums.
- Dana, Theatre Foundations
It’s great to be able to be with other people again and be part of a cohort where we can learn together physically instead of through a screen. I love the cohort! Everyone is friendly and not paranoid about COVID due to the safety guidelines.  
- Autumn, Theatre Foundations

Another way to help is to keep sharing the "Rosebud, Alberta documentary. This beautiful short film gives a small glimpse of what our little hamlet is like to visit, study, or live.

Rosebud Lives - "Rosebud, Alberta" documentary fundraises for RSA & Theatre

Watch & Share with EVERYONE you know!

More about the Documentary  | Deleted Scenes | Donate Now

In 2018 Canadian film makers, Eric Pauls and Michael Janke, visited Rosebud and were inspired to create a documentary about our little hamlet, nestled in a valley below the Alberta prairies. The short film has won awards at festivals across Canada, including an Official Selection at the Edmonton International Film Festival where it premiered. But the film’s festival run has been cut short due to COVID-19 and now the filmmakers have turned their sights to helping save the town and theatre that inspired the film.

“We were inspired to make the film after witnessing the magical way Rosebud finds a way to operate and the impact on the community around them,” says director Eric Pauls . ”Now that their livelihood is in jeopardy we felt we should support them the way they have supported us.” 

On May 28,  “Rosebud, Alberta”  premiered here at a moment to watch and share our story with family and friends. Please consider donating, as we work to keep the arts alive in Rosebud. Thanks to the generosity of two benefactors, all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000! We look forward to seeing you back in Rosebud one day!

Rosebud is a resilient artistic ecosystem that shouldn’t be, and will continue to be against all the odds!” - Morris Ertman, Artistic Director of Rosebud Theatre.

A tax receipt will be issued to all gifts over $10. Rosebud, AB T0J 2T0 Rosebud School of the Arts is a registered charity #107913824RR0001.

Other ways to donate:
Phone: 1-800-267-7553
Mail: Rosebud School of the Arts, Box 654, Rosebud, Alberta  T0J 2T0
Registered Giving Sites: CanadaHelps | Paypal Giving Fund

Other Ways to Support Us

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Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Rosebud Centre of the Arts. They provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you Donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Rosebud Centre of the Arts through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for you to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, Rosebud Centre of the Arts will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!

PayPal Giving Fund Canada helps people support their favourite charities online and raises funds to benefit charities through PayPal and other technology platforms. They receive donations and make grants to their donors' recommended charities. PayPal Giving Fund Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA# 812867752RR0001). Rosebud School of the Arts is one of the charities you can give to through PayPal.

CanadaHelps is a registered charity and social enterprise that provides the  fundraising technology for all charities. Their mission is to inform, inspire and connect charities and donors, with the causes they care about. Rosebud School of the Arts is registered on CanadaHelps for your giving convenience.