Dear friends –
The purpose of this update is to share some difficult news. Even though The Center has reopened for reduced-capacity classes this fall, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been severe and is unlike anything we’ve ever faced. As we celebrate our 40th year of operation, we’re faced with the reality that the future of The Center is very much in jeopardy. In this current environment, our operating costs are far exceeding the revenue being generated from tuition. The Center has always been a non-profit organization that relies on the support and generosity of our community, in addition to the tuition generated from class enrollment. In that spirit of generosity and giving, we’re launching an aggressive fund-raising campaign with a goal of reaching $200,000 by December 31st. This effort will ensure that we have the resources needed to continue operating in 2021, and delivering on our mission to provide the highest-quality performing arts to all students, including those with special needs, the opportunities to improve their self-image and self-confidence through artistic expression.
We know that many are struggling right now. And in times of struggle, we need to have the courage and strength to look to our support systems for help. Today, we’re calling on you: our friends, our families, our alumni, and all who have been inspired by the mission that The Center has strived to uphold in our community over these past 40 years.
We need your support now more than ever. Like many people and businesses throughout the world, The Center is struggling. But we know that we have a solid community and foundation of supporters who will help us weather this storm and come out stronger and healthier at the end.
We all have a role to play in keeping The Center in your community.
Any amount will help. We’re suggesting donations in the following denominations to help us reach our goal of $200,000. If you normally attend or participate in one of our annual fundraising events, please consider participating now instead. We want to be here for you, your children, and the community for another 40 years! We thank you for your time, your care…and your support.
Billy Hartung and the Center for Theater Arts Board of Directors
Please be aware that the Board of Directors at The Center for Theater Arts is constantly monitoring the operational costs necessary to safely remain open under current guidelines. The Board will continue to reevaluate and reassess our financial needs as we move into the new year, and will determine whether or not additional funding will be necessary based on the operational restrictions dictated by state and local mandates.