Fractured Atlas did not work out as was intended. Founded in 1998 as a performing arts producer, the organization set out to work “with a hand-picked roster of exciting young theater companies, choreographers, musicians, and performance artists.” With the events of September 11, 2001, the start-up non-profit based in downtown New York City nearly had to close its doors.

But rather than do that, it re-invented itself in 2002.

Fractured Atlas has since gone on to serve more than 1,000,000 artists and organizations as “an arts industry leader in the use of technology to address challenges facing the arts community, share information and resources, and empower arts organizations with practical tools for managing their operations,” according to its website.

Yarrow & Cleat is one such entity Fractured Atlas is now serving.

Close readers of our website will have noticed we expressed gratitude to individual donors in our first two issues. The only way these supporters could make gifts to us is through our relationship with Fractured Atlas, functioning as our fiscal sponsor. Put simply, fiscal sponsorship allows financial contributors to have their gifts qualify as tax-deductible. It also allows a project such as Yarrow & Cleat to apply for grants it otherwise would not qualify for.

What we share with Fractured Atlas is a founding at a moment of crisis. Ironically, the small percentage it retains from donations it processes on our behalf is helping the organization stay in business—thus we have two undertakings born in crisis helping one another sustain themselves.

We are glad to be a partner with Fractured Atlas in this way, and are grateful for its presence.