Dear Perkins Family,
I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well and that quarantine has been kind to you. So much has happened within the last few weeks to our communities, to our relationships, and to our lives. However, despite the challenges I am extremely encouraged!
Why? Because The Arts are incredibly resilient. Arts organizations have a tremendous “adaptive capacity” and, when life hands The Arts lemons, we paint them, sculpt or carve them, boil them for tea so we can sing, or cook with them! We make lemonade!
While the staff has been working remotely to continue bringing high quality arts programming and content to the community, I hope you have seen:
- Perkins’ Galleries have moved to a new online format.
- Conservatory instructor Mihaela Matei and her husband Mugu Radu presented a virtual Coffee & Classics concert.
- Perkins instructor and Curator of Exhibitions Phillip Carroll provided instructional videos for painters.
- Perkins Folklife Director Karen Abdul Malik and Folk Artists have been conducting virtual Homebound visits.
- The Moorestown Pottery Studio has had some renovations, and
- Classrooms in Collingswood are being refreshed.
The Perkins staff is working hard during this time to make improvements where possible. However, the shortened sessions, the cancellation of our annual fundraiser, Handcrafted, and other missed events will have a significant impact on the financial health of Perkins Center for the Arts.
We respectfully ask for your help.
How? There are many ways:
- You can join Alexa (Pennsauken), Margaret (Moorestown) Tamar (Wenonah), Laura (Palmyra) and Diane (Medford) who are among Perkins’ student who have chosen to donate a portion of their Spring registration! If you were considering classes, consider a contribution instead.
- You can be like Joyce, who was planning on attending Handcrafted in May, and instead is donating the cost of her ticket to Perkins.
- And if like Steven, you were planning on attending DeCafe, you can choose to donate the cost of your concert tickets.
“I’m so sorry we are still closed. I love my class very much and Delores [Poacelli] is fabulous. I can’t wait to go back. ~ Tamar (Wenonah, NJ)
You are one of 6,900 individuals receiving this message. If each of you are able to donate $5, Perkins will salvage losses from spring sessions. A donation of $10 each will reduce the significant fiscal shortages the Center will experience through the cancellation of classes and other programs. Every contribution, no matter the amount, is an essential building block securing Perkins foundation during these uncertain times.
“My daughter loves art. We were happy to give.” ~Alexa’s Mother (Pennsauken, NJ)
We look forward to welcoming you back! We want to see Evergreen Lawn alive with people and Irvin Avenue bustling with activity. Consider helping Perkins Center for the Arts, your local community arts organization with a contribution that will make all the difference.
“What a good cause it is. We’ve got to keep the arts alive…No matter what happens.” ~Laura (Palmyra, NJ)
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