Why Gloster?

GlosterWelcomeSignTankParents and kids alike in Gloster hunger for change. They want to be engaged in meaningful, fun activities and they want to learn new things, see the world through different lens. Through an informal survey conducted by The Gloster Project, we received an overwhelmingly positive response to our program to bring professional artists for a free summer camp in music, poetry and performance. To date, we have 35 students eager, ready and waiting to take our workshops. Everyone, from the administrators at the Gloster Head Start Center, to their parent company, AJFC Community Action Center in Natchez, to the parents and kids themselves agree that The Gloster Project is just the thing the town and the kids are missing!

Gloster is where I was born and raised. Like many sparsely populated economically depressed communities in Mississippi today, Gloster (Amite County) is ripe for restoration. Gloster is one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest states in the USA. Gloster has a population of less than 1000 people; 59% live below the poverty line, and 71% of those are black and female. There is no public school in Gloster; kids have to travel to the county seat to attend school. There is no movie house, no supermarket, no public parks or swimming pool, no organized sports, no recreation center or summer jobs or other activities for kids.

We need your DONATIONS to help make this summer camp a happy, free, and memorable experience for these 35 students. Be a part of the change. No amount is too small.

The Gloster Project is a program of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)3 arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For details on how to contribute, click this link to Fractured Atlas. If you wish to volunteer your services and expertise, contact us below.

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Margaret Porter Troupe, Director &  Founder                  The Gloster Project.