December 28, 2016 | by TeamOldSol
In the spirit of year-end countdowns, we’ve sifted through social media and compiled Old Sol’s Top 16 Startup Snapshots of 2016. Each moment represents a milestone for the young organization that you’ve been actively building with us.
Every time we’ve asked for help, the Old Sol community has generously stepped up and given its time, talent, and treasure to make a difference. Thank you!
1. Team Old Sol finds officespace!
We kicked off our year by moving into Alpha Loft, a shared collaborative startup workspace in Downtown Manchester. Alpha Loft, also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been a great place for Team Old Sol to incubate. Stop by 844 Elm Street sometime and say hello!
2. Old Sol Music Hall incorporates in the State of NH!
We approved our bylaws and signed articles of incorporation for Old Sol Music Hall, Inc. to become a legal entity in the State of New Hampshire! Bookending our startup team is Bruce Wilhelm (far left), who grew up and worked on Old Sol Ranch in Dinuba, California and Rosie Wilhelm (far right), who will grow up and perhaps also work at Old Sol Music Hall in Manchester, New Hampshire.
3. 100+ show up to Old Sol's Community Visioning Session!
In March, over 100 community members came together at the New Hampshire Institute of Art to begin envisioning Old Sol's potential. We were overwhelmed by the passion, creativity, and spirit of collaboration in the room! Have an idea, question, or some feedback for us? Email us at info(at)oldsol(dot)org. We'd love to hear from you!
4. Old Sol submits its proposal for 23 Amherst Street!
In a 30-day sprint, Alyssa, Matt, and a team of advisors pulled together an operating plan and financial documents for the 23 Amherst St. property and submitted it to the Manchester Development Corporation. This kicked off months of conversation about the potential for a public/private/non-profit partnership to reopen the former Rex Theatre as a performing arts venue and community space.
5. Old Sol hosts its first Community Update!
Seven weeks after the Visioning Session, supporters of Old Sol came back together to continue building momentum and get updated on the progress made towards securing the 23 Amherst St. building, achieving 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, and planning community events.
6. Leadership Greater Manchester opens doors!
She's a natural-born leader, but Alyssa always strives to learn more about the issues facing her community, build her network, and sharpen her skills. Leadership Greater Manchester (LGM) exists to recognize and nurture leadership talents from diverse sectors of the local community through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences. Team Old Sol is grateful to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for providing Matt (Class of 2016) and Alyssa (Class of 2017) with first-class professional development through LGM.
7. Old Sol Community rocks NH Gives Day!
The Old Sol Community stepped up BIG TIME and gave generously to demostrate their support of Old Sol Music Hall during this impromptu, 24-hour campaign. Just two weeks later, 100% of the funds raised were used to cover the cost of ingredients and materials to package 20,000 meals for local families experiencing food insecutiy during our Summer Serve-a-thon & Concert.
8. 100+ volunteers package 20K meals and celebrate with a FREE show at Old Sol's Summer Serve-a-thon & Concert!
Yes, we did indeed package those 20,000 meals... and in just 9 hours! Over 100 volunteers from Anthem, Heartwood Media, City Year Alumni, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Silvertech, the Families in Transition VISTA program, and St. Mary's Bank each took a shift and rolled up their sleeves to package rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, or oatmeal. Meals were picked up by the New Horizons, the New Hampshire Food Bank, and other local organizations supporting families experiencing food insecurity. To celebrate our collective impact, volunteers and community members gathered in Victory Park for a high-energy performance by Bella's Bartok!
9. Old Sol hosts its first UNH Social Innovation Intern!
In the summer months, we were lucky to host our very own UNH Social Innovation Intern through the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, the same program out of the Paul College and the Carsey Institute that organizes the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge! Dana Gingras, a rising senior and director of promotions for UNH's Memorial Union Student Organization (MUSO), worked heavily on marketing and communications projects over her nine-week, full-time internship at Old Sol Music Hall. Thanks, Dana!
10. Alyssa rides the rails on the Millennial Trains Project!
Alyssa spent 10 days with a diverse group of young innovators from across the country, traveling by train from Los Angeles to Detroit, making stops along the way to meet inspiring and like-minded leaders in the music industry. Here, she's standing on the solar-powered roof of eTown Hall, a nonprofit concert venue and recording studio in Boulder, Colorado. She came back from the Millennial Trains Project with countless resources and ideas to perpetuate Old Sol's momentum!
11. Team Old Sol helps MCDC revitalize Victory Park!
As a member of Manchester's Cultural District Coalition, Team Old Sol joined up with the City of Manchester Parks & Recreation Department and Leadership Greater Manchester Alumni in late-August to help install 750 new plants and flowers as part of a massive revitalization effort in Victory Park. We're always proud to serve alongside partners like the NH Institute of Art, the Palace Theatre, Intown Manchester, and other long-standing cultural and civic institutions to strengthen the fabric of our community.
12. Old Sol brings on its first Concert Corps member!
After lying dormant for the last decade, the Concert Corps brand was resurrected in August when Old Sol hired its first national service member! In partnership with Families in Transition's AmeriCorps*VISTA Program, Old Sol Music Hall recruited Mr. Cal Inguanti, an AmeriCorps alumnus with City Year Boston, to serve as its first-ever Community Impact Coordinator. Cal has been crushing it, leading on developing our More Than Music program model, generating resources to support our work, and blazing the trail for future Concert Corps members at Old Sol. Did we mention that Cal is a musician, too? Maybe we'll get to see him on-stage at Old Sol Music Hall one day!
13. Old Sol launches a REAL website!
In October, we finally made the leap from our beloved-but-novice Wordpress blog to a shiny new website. It was a steep learning curve, but we're super proud of all its bells and whistles!
14. Volunteers support our troops on Veteran's Day!
Team Old Sol and friends marked Veteran's Day by volunteering with Operation Care for Troops at their annual holiday packing event in Nashua! We rolled up our sleeves to stuff stockings with the hopes of making December a little brighter for deployed members of our military. In addition to our office team, we were joined by volunteers from Anthem, the NH Institute of Art, and AmeriCorps*VISTA members serving in Southern New Hampshire!
15. Old Sol hosts Warm Cookies & Community!
In partnership with NH Listens out of the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, Old Sol gathered community members the weekend before Thanksgiving at Cafe la Reine to share stories about gratitude. Some were touching, some were funny, and other got us thinking. We are grateful for the opportunity to come together and learn more about our neighbors!
16. Old Sol supporters give generously on Giving Tuesday!
We continue to be inspired by your generosity. Your support of Old Sol Music Hall's Annual Fund will ensure that we're able to continue building momentum into 2017. Thank you!
We’re excited for the road ahead and look forward to continued progress toward our goal of establishing Old Sol Music Hall as a dynamic cultural and civic venue in the heart of Downtown Manchester.
Please consider making a generous end-of-year gift to put Old Sol Music Hall in the strongest possible position to kick off 2017.
Every dollar you donate will allow us to grow our team, organize more events, establish new partnerships, and recruit more people to help strengthen the fabric of our community through music, service, and civic engagement.
We have some BIG announcements to share in the first few weeks of the new year! Thanks again for your support.
- Team Old Sol
Supporting Old Sol Music Hall is more than a donation to the venue and our day-to-day operations, but will go towards developing Manchester's art culture through positive community and environmental engagement. We believe that cultivating the arts will allow us to strengthen our community and your support can help us achieve that goal.