A Message From CEO
These are such unusual times, and I am so proud of our community and our leaders for hunkering down and keeping our distance. This is so difficult on many different levels, but every one of us is doing it for the greater good – to save lives and return to some semblance of normalcy when the time is right.
We are all developing new ways to be patient, to communicate, and to care for one another.
If ever the world needed the arts it is now. We are seeing that as people tune into living room concerts, dance classes, and beautiful artwork. People need the hope and the joy that the arts provide. We need the calm to quiet our whirling minds. The arts are helping deal with depression, anxiety and sense of isolation.
In light of this, your arts council has pivoted as we work from home. Instead of bringing our community together in person, we are providing daily activities, concerts, and inspiration to bring us together even as we stay apart.
We are keenly aware of the challenges for:
- Young families whose children are now being taught by parents who did not sign up for this
- Teachers who are becoming tech experts as they teach virtually
- Artists whose work is not being sold in closed galleries
- Performers who have no idea when they will have their next show or paycheck
- Non-profits that have no income for the foreseeable future
- Front-line workers who are risking their lives every day
- Business owners who fear for the future
- Elected officials who must make strategic decisions every day
And so we are doing our best to serve you during this crisis.
Please take a good look at the resources we are providing on social media platforms and our website. We are keeping them updated and fresh as well as archiving them so you can tune in on your timeframe. Look to us for children’s activities, entertainment, and ways to cheer on our healthcare workers. And let us know how else we can help.
Please take care, be good to yourself, be kind to others, and stay healthy.