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Youth Arts Access Campaign Launch: A Letter From Jessica Greenberg
Donate and join us in raising $12,500 before December 31st to help improve Youth Arts Access. Read Jessica Greenberg’s letter below to learn how you can support teachers and students during this difficult time.
What is the purpose of a theatre company that cannot produce live theatre?
That’s the question that we, at Studio 180, had to grapple with when theatres went dark back in March. We hoped it would be temporary and that our plans would merely be delayed. But as days, weeks and months passed, it became clear that the pandemic and precautions to curb the spread of COVID-19 would be around for much longer.
Around the same time that our second Mainstage production of the season was shut down, schools were dismissed for the year and the remaining workshops we had booked for high school students as part of our IN CLASS program were cancelled.
By summer it was evident that the new school year would begin at least partially online and that no field trips to performances or guest artists would be possible for schools.
I knew that Studio 180 had to respond.
Over the spring and summer, I kept in close contact with our Education Advisory Committee and many of the teachers who have worked with us in the past. I listened to their concerns and challenges and saw an opportunity for Studio 180 to support teachers and help students by adapting our IN CLASS program for online delivery.
At Studio 180 Theatre, we believe that students engage with the world more fully through the arts. Exposure to the arts and arts education have proven benefits such as teaching communication, persistence, resilience, collaboration, social-emotional skills and empathy – skills that are especially needed right now.
With concerns about health and safety and so many challenges around online learning, students and teachers are in dire need of additional support.
That’s why Studio 180 has launched our Youth Arts Access Campaign.
Our goal is to raise $12,500 to help deliver online theatre presentations and workshops to 600 high school students across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
With theatres still closed and zero box office revenue, Studio 180 continues to be severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we need you.
If you donate before December 31st, our Board of Directors will match your donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $6,250. If you arrange a monthly donation, they will match the total value of your donations up to July 2021.
As an added incentive, all donors to our campaign will receive a special invitation to participate in an exclusive virtual workshop that I’ll be leading in January. You’ll learn more about our education program and will have the opportunity to participate in some of the exercises we do with students.
With your help, we can inspire and empower high school students from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond by providing arts experiences and artist-led workshops that will benefit them both immediately and in the future.
Please donate today and help us increase Youth Arts Access.
Director of Youth and Community Engagement
We are very grateful for your support. Studio 180’s Youth Arts Access campaign runs until December 31.
Photos: (top) Youth Arts Access Graphic (photo of IN CLASS Workshop by Dahlia Katz); (left) Jessica Greenberg teaches an IN CLASS Workshop (photo by Melanie Gordon); (right) Jessica Greenberg teaches an IN CLASS Workshop (photo by Kathleen Black).