Hello CFCArts Friends and Supporters,
I hope that this year brings renewed hope and optimism for you. At CFCArts, we continue to press forward with plans for a season of both live and virtual events. With the launch of a vaccine that will allow us to reconnect, we are hopeful that you will be planning how to engage with the people and activities you love and enjoy at CFCArts. Our commitment to connecting is the first in our vision statement: Connect – Serve- Perform. I want you to know that we are here for you. We want to help you connect, serve and perform safely.
We continue to update our safety plans as we announce new events. In the next month we will reopen the black box theatre with enhanced safety measures. We are bringing theatre back with an intentional focus on safety. We are also being intentional with the artistic vision. The first show, Songs for a New World, is a song cycle with a small, vibrant cast that tells a story of hope. I can’t imagine a better relaunch of theatre in 2021.
You can review our general safety guidelines for patrons and performers here: Health & Safety Guidelines. Our theatre specific guidelines include the addition of medical-grade HEPA filters that will be utilized during performances to ensure the air is free of any potentially harmful particles. Between shows the theatre is cleaned and disinfected with a sanitation fogger and deep-cleaning of surfaces.
With these safety measures in place, I am excited to share with you the wonderful opportunities to engage with your fellow artists, either in performance or in the audience. This season includes:
Our virtual programs continue to serve the community, with Academy lessons, workshops & classes, and music therapy, reaching over 15,000 people. I invite you to engage with us through these virtual opportunities until you feel safe to once again join us in person. Or, as many are doing, engage both online and in person.
Some programs, including the Symphony Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts Programs, are kicking off in-person rehearsals with the continued deliberation and commitment to safety precautions. Just like our adult orchestra, our children and youth programs participants wear their masks, bring their own music, and have temperature checks. There is increased sanitization of the area and hand sanitizer available.
We are confident in our pace moving forward, in large part because of your feedback. Our post show and post rehearsal surveys report 99.99 percent of patrons and artists feel safe in our shows and programs. We are very proud of this rating. We are grateful to you for your continued support and participation in the safety measures.
Because of you, our fall season was an outstanding success. The first live performance since our pivot in March of 2020 came from our orchestra in an outdoor concert in Mead Garden for Halloween. In November and December we enjoyed a series of Holidays in the Courtyard performances featuring local performers. Our Children & Youth Arts Programs presented A Christmas Carol: The Musical with 75 kids in the show, and members of the choir and orchestra provided a thrilling concert at the Dr. Phillips Center for NOEL: The Carols of Christmas.
We met the challenges of 2020 by staying connected and innovating how we served and performed. Our biggest accomplishments from this year include:
- We formed a working group of CFCArts staff and board to coordinate our response to the pandemic with the guidance of health and government organizations, and adopted four guiding principles – Safety, Flexibility, Creativity, and Inclusivity. This group continues to meet, ensuring continued safety and response to updated health information.
- We developed a Diversity Task Force to develop the organization to reflect the many faces, backgrounds, cultures, voices, abilities, beliefs, expressions, and experiences of our local community.
- Our virtual impact from March through October included 360 workshops and classes with over 14,700 participants, almost 105,000 virtual concert/cabaret attendees, and 251 individual music therapy sessions.
- In a hybrid of offerings, over 600 community artists resumed rehearsals and performances with us culminating in 12 different shows, concerts and events- keeping the arts truly alive in Central Florida.
- CFCArts UpBeat! Musical Theatre program for young adults with varying abilities was awarded the International Hamilton “Arts and Innovation” Award through the National Organization for Arts and Health.
Thank you for supporting and participating in CFCArts. I encourage you to stay connected however you can and remain vigilant to safety. Let’s keep moving forward together.