Dear Davis Arts Center Community,
I have been spending quite a bit of time understanding how the closures due to coronavirus are affecting Davis Arts Center and like most nonprofits and small margin businesses – it is grim.
All of our programming has stopped. We are closed and have cancelled classes for the foreseeable future. Most of our revenue comes in through programs and classes, in a good year we stretch to break even. In a year of uncertainty this will be impossible without some help from the community.
The staff and I have been brainstorming on how best to cut expenses to preserve enough cash to be able to pay our bills and reopen once we are able. We have reduced our expenses but still need $20,000 per month to pay the bills and remain viable.
We have also heard that you and your family, and friends would like to make art, crafts, and do something creative during this unprecedented time.
So this is what we are proposing:
- Donate at least $50 per month on a recurring basis
- You will receive a weekly curated arts email that will be in your inbox on Sunday evening.
- The weekly emails will:
- Include curated art projects and information from content on the web and from our Davis Arts Center community
- Include projects for kids and adults
- Have art that can be made both indoors and outdoors
- Contain art ideas that use simple materials
We are eager to learn from embarking on this new format. We welcome your feedback and expect to sharpen our skills as we produce more weekly art emails. We believe this relationship will be mutually supportive in our shared time of need.
In addition, if the donations exceed the amount needed to support our base operations, we will begin a fund for emergency assistance for our teaching artists. Even in the best of times, our teaching artist community often strings along many gigs to make ends meet. We can support them by being ready to open strong once the crisis is over and being able to offer emergency grants right now.
Please help us make this effort successful by scheduling your recurring donation today at $50 or more per month. Share this email and get all your friends to subscribe.
We will meet our goal if 400 people donate $50 a month.
Our first email is scheduled to drop on April 5 and will continue weekly from there.
Thank you for your support,
P.S. We know times are uncertain so we also have an option to donate a one-time $100 donation and receive the first 8 weekly emails, click on the link to find out more.