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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Amador Arts: Arts Line - Sept 2020
Amador County Arts Council!
Dear Arts Lover,
AmadorArts hopes that you are safe and healthy during this difficult time.
YOU have been a part of keeping the arts central to Amador County since 1982. Because of your support, we have been able to focus on our mission to Encourage, Support, and Promote the arts in our schools and community.
Your support means that AmadorArts can bring state and federal Arts Grants to our community. However, these grants require that AmadorArts also raise the same amount in matching funds.
YOUR DONATIONS make it all possible.
Sadly, COVID-19 has had immediate financial impacts on the AmadorArts. Since March 13, AmadorArts has experienced a loss of over $85,000 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:
• 100% of Arts Education funders pulled their grants and donations due to the pandemic
• Amador County Board of Supervisor reduced their contribution by 40%
• TGIF Free Concerts cancellation means a loss of $10,000 in sponsors and $5,000 in pass-the-hat donations
• Winefest cancellation means the loss of a one-day event that usually grosses $45,000
In the coming days, we will be trimming back our programs and services to ensure that we can keep the lights on and still exist after this pandemic is over. Programs that are not required by the state and do not have volunteer directors, will need to be reduced and/or eliminated until the financial environment has improved. Additionally, contractors and employees are being reduced and in some cases excused from their positions.
Please save the arts today by making a donation to AmadorArts so that we can survive the financial crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In November the Board of Directors will be hosting an auction on our Facebook Page so please stay tuned. The auction will run from November 7 to 28.
If you would like to volunteer to lead one of our programs, please register as a volunteer HERE.
Amador County Arts Council would like to issue a deep thank you for the services of Penny West, Publicist since 2010 And Carol Brown, Outreach Coordinator who directed tremendous Winefest successes since 2017. Their services will be greatly missed and we hope to have them back as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated economic impacts, have passed.
Thank you for keeping The Arts at the heart of Amador County.
With all my art,
Meghan Joy O’Keefe and the Amador County Arts Council Board of Directors
First Thursday of the month in Zoom! This is fun for all kinds of sharing AND airs live on Facebook. Join in the fun! Upcoming Open Mics are: October 1, November 5, and December 3. Established in 2015 by Calena Reeves, this program is not an essential component to our Poetry Out Loud program. Find out more HERE.
Get those unused instruments into the hands of local students! Sign up HERE.
ART SUPPLY CHAIN
We put art supplies in the hands of local teachers and students. Have some unused supplies hanging out on those closets? Contact Alyssa Vargas firstname.lastname@example.org and get your donation appointment today. Bring your supplies into AmadorArts and then we will get them to the teachers and students who need them the most. Find out more here: https://www.amadorarts.org/wish-list/
POETRY OUT LOUD
Every year, the state of California requires all arts councils to provide Poetry Out Loud (POL) to all local high school students. This requirement also states that the art council will host the annual POL County Championship event. For this school year, this program will be entirely virtual and will culminate with a countywide competition of poetry recitation for 9th through 12th graders. The county competition will take place virtually on January 31st, details TBA. Our POL curriculum includes Open Mic, Storytelling Guild, Poetic Movement, and Black Out Poetry (a visual arts approach). All of these literary, theatre, dance, and visual arts classes are available FREE to any classroom. The curriculum is aligned to the new arts standards and can be used for PK-Advanced levels. For more information about this program, visit our siteHERE and also check out poetryoutloud.org.
Amador County Arts Council has named Deja Douglas the new Poet Laureate. A recent graduate of Argonaut High who was instrumental in Arts Education advocacy since 2018, Deja Douglas is energized to continue her community service in her new role as the Poet Laureate.