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This past week, the Hippodrome’s Jessica Hurov (Managing Director), Alisha Kinman (Development Director) and Nicole Daenzer (Director of Operations) travelled to Tallahassee for Arts and Culture advocacy day at the state capitol. They received updates from the Secretary of State, the head of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Cultural Alliance legislative lobbyist Frank Miner, among others. Further, the Hipp staff visited the leadership offices of the TED (Transportation Economic Development) committee members who approve and allocate funding for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs – the governing agency for arts and cultural organizations in Florida.

The Hippodrome has requested the maximum allocation available ($150,000) and is ranked #2 out of 340 qualifying nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to receive funding. Unfortunately, as the budget stands now, the Hipp will receive a significant reduction in funding (if any at all) from the state in 2015/16. This funding line is crucial to the Hipp’s operating budget since it goes directly to artistic salaries.

As a supporter, you understand the value the Hipp provides to our community – and that as a non-profit – we can’t do it alone. We encourage you to raise your voices with ours and write your local legislators expressing the need for funding of the arts.Thank you for joining us in letting our lawmakers know that funding for this important initiative is important to you.

Click below for  for an editable PDF that is ready for you to sign and send to your representatives 

Senator Rob Bradley     Representative  W. Keith Perry    Representative  Clovis Watson, Jr.    Representative  Elizabeth W. Porter

For 42 years, the Hippodrome has been a great source of pride in Gainesville. As the backdrop of our city, the Hipp represents all that our community aspires to be: a place of inspiration and imagination, a thriving city with the heart of  a small town. Supporters like you know that the Hippodrome is so much more than a beautiful building. It is a place where conversations are started, memories are made, and yes, it is even a place where lives are changed.

A few years ago, over 50% of the Hippodrome’s operational funding came from state and governmental grants. This year, despite being ranked FIRST in the state out of 27 professional theatres, our governmental and state funding has been drastically cut. During this time we have worked tirelessly to overcome these challenges. Since the launch of the KEEP GAINESVILLE HIPP campaign, we have raised $365,000 toward our goal, but the Hipp remains on a critical financial path. Our continued viability now hinges on our community’s support to bridge the funding gap.

We take your support very seriously. Our members' investments in the Hippodrome have enabled us to invest right back into outreach to tens of thousands of audience members, children, and peer non-profits. Your 2015 membership will include exclusive access to Hippodrome programs, all-new incentives, and admission to our upcoming Member Open House and 43rd Season Announcement.

New benefits include:

  • Access to Board of Trustees Receptions
  • Discounts on Hippodrome facility rentals
  • 10% off Hippodrome classes and camps
  • Two free cinema tickets
  • and even free popcorn when you come to the Hipp Cinema!

Help us create the next 40 years of theatre, cinema, art, education, and community outreach. We simply could not do it without you. NOR WOULD WE WANT TO.



A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.


  • Alisha Kinman
  • Director of Development
  • 25 SE 2nd Place
    Gainesville, FL. 32601
  • (352) 373-5968 ext. 217
  • alisha@thehipp.org