“We are also truly concerned,” she wrote. “These are incredibly difficult times for arts organizations across the country. We have all experienced significant economic setbacks from Covid-19 which still reverberates in the arts industries today. In addition, general inflation has caused a precipitous rise in the price of lumber for building sets, along with just about every other item needed to stage a production and operate a venue (materials for costumes, food, furniture, soap, sanitizer and paper towels have all skyrocketed ). Recent laws have added 22% to our employment and administration costs (these are being currently challenged).”
“We are investors in our human community. We exist to strengthen our connections, to challenge our perceptions, to help our youth imagine new worlds, and, through better understanding, our programs build empathy and appreciation for all world citizens,” Mercer wrote. “We truly need you now more than ever. Our goal is to raise $500,000 by December 31st. Please know every gift is valued. If you have someone to refer or an organization that you think might be helpful to us, please write us below and let us know. We will weave the fabric of our future together. With stories. With shared experiences, with a LOT of magic.”
Our deepest gratitude. With your support, we can reach our goal of raising $500,000 by December 31, 2023.