Health and Safety Updates, July 2020

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Hello CFCArts Friends and Supporters,

I hope this letter finds you well and in good health and spirit. Although we physically shut down our programs and gatherings on March 13th, we have done all that we can to bring the arts to your homes and to live out our mission virtually. Lessons, classes, workshops, music therapy, and virtual concerts are just a few ways we have worked to keep you creative and connected. This pandemic has many unknowns and our ultimate priority for resuming our operations as an organization will be the safety and well-being of our team, our artists, and our patrons.

Check out all the ways we have made the arts accessible during this time: https://youtu.be/r5Xk3SbMrxY

As we continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19, we wanted to share a few updates you should know about CFCArts programs. We have been conservative in our approach – working with health and government officials and leaning on our peer organizations to collectively make smart decisions about how we gather again in the community. We have developed a working group of CFCArts staff members and members of our Board of Directors, who are meeting weekly to work through all the details of our reentry plan. Thanks to the survey responses from our patrons, members, teaching artists, supporters, and community partners, we are well-positioned to ensure that our plans will keep you feeling safe in whatever option you choose. These plans are well underway and have been unanimously approved by the CFCArts Board of Directors.

Please take a moment to review the CFCArts Organization-Wide Health & Safety Guidelines 

There are still many unknowns about our Fall season but we are creating programs that will allow you to participate in a way that you choose and we can pivot and reimagine any of our offerings based on the health of our community and the state of this pandemic.

We will be hosting a town hall in the near future for all of our artists and members to lay out our target plan and give more definitive direction on programming options. For all of our loyal patrons, we will announce show dates and locations as those decisions become more clear.

Thank you for your continued support of our organization during these times. We promise to continue making the arts accessible to all Central Floridians in any way possible. For now, that means a slate of virtual programs that can be found at CFCArts.com/AtHome, but we hope to see you in person soon.

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Although we physically shut down our programs and gatherings on March 13th, we have done all that we can to bring the arts to your homes. Lessons, classes, workshops, music therapy, and nightly concerts are just a few ways we have worked to keep you creative and connected. This pandemic has many unknowns and our ultimate priority for resuming our usual operations as an organization will be the safety and well-being of our team, artists, and our patrons. We will be conservative in our approach – working with health and government officials and leaning on our peer organizations to collectively make smart decisions about how we gather again in the community.

For the time being, all rehearsals and show planning will be moved virtually until further notice. At this point, we do not have a target date for resuming in-person rehearsals but will announce the date when we have the information needed to make an informed decision.

Below is a breakdown of programs and shows:

CFCArts Community Choir

  • 365 (April 30-May 1) – postponed and modified into a public community performance (new dates TBA)
  • New Works Chorale (Summer 2020) – canceled
  • Summer Broadway Show (Summer 2020) – postponed until 2021
  • Annual Holiday Celebration (December 2020) – continuing as planned (but still monitoring the situation for further action)

CFCArts Symphony Orchestra

  • Symphonic Cinema (June 12-13) – show postponed (new dates TBA)
  • Symphony Orchestra Performance (October 2020) – continuing as planned (but still monitoring the situation for further action)

CFCArts Theatre

  • Cinderella (April 17-May 10) – postponed, to be included in the 2020-2021 Season (new dates TBA)

CFCArts Youth Programs

  • Young Artists Orchestra: In Concert (May 3) – canceled
  • Heroes and Villains (May 22-23) – exploring a virtual performance offering
  • The Sound of Music (June 5-6) – postponed (new dates TBA)
  • Summer Camps (Summer 2020) – virtual offerings planned, but still exploring in-person offerings based off of state and local guidance.

Unfortunately, we have made the tough decision to postpone our entire 10th Anniversary Celebration until 2021. This gives us the ability to be flexible and nimble over the next 18 months to respond to the needs of our artists and our community. We hope to remount postponed shows that were in the works during that time frame.

Although we have pressed pause on over 100 other community programs in five counties, we are creating custom offerings for many of our partners in vulnerable communities, schools, arts and wellness, and for seniors.

We believe and know that the arts are so very important during this time. We want to hear from you to know how we can walk alongside you – no one is left behind.

Stay safe and well and we hope to see you again soon!

Although we physically shut down our programs and gatherings on March 13th, we have done all that we can to bring the arts to your homes. Lessons, classes, workshops, music therapy, and nightly concerts are just a few ways we have worked to keep you creative and connected. This pandemic has many unknowns and our ultimate priority for resuming our usual operations as an organization will be the safety and well-being of our team, artists, and our patrons. We will be conservative in our approach – working with health and government officials and leaning on our peer organizations to collectively make smart decisions about how we gather again in the community.

For the time being, all rehearsals and show planning will be moved virtually until further notice. At this point, we do not have a target date for resuming in-person rehearsals but will announce the date when we have the information needed to make an informed decision.

Below is a breakdown of programs and shows:

CFCArts Community Choir

  • 365 (April 30-May 1) – postponed and modified into a public community performance (new dates TBA)
  • New Works Chorale (Summer 2020) – canceled
  • Summer Broadway Show (Summer 2020) – postponed until 2021
  • Annual Holiday Celebration (December 2020) – continuing as planned (but still monitoring the situation for further action)

CFCArts Symphony Orchestra

  • Symphonic Cinema (June 12-13) – show postponed (new dates TBA)
  • Symphony Orchestra Performance (October 2020) – continuing as planned (but still monitoring the situation for further action)

CFCArts Theatre

  • Cinderella (April 17-May 10) – postponed, to be included in the 2020-2021 Season (new dates TBA)

CFCArts Youth Programs

  • Young Artists Orchestra: In Concert (May 3) – canceled
  • Heroes and Villains (May 22-23) – exploring a virtual performance offering
  • The Sound of Music (June 5-6) – postponed (new dates TBA)
  • Summer Camps (Summer 2020) – virtual offerings planned, but still exploring in-person offerings based off of state and local guidance.

Unfortunately, we have made the tough decision to postpone our entire 10th Anniversary Celebration until 2021. This gives us the ability to be flexible and nimble over the next 18 months to respond to the needs of our artists and our community. We hope to remount postponed shows that were in the works during that time frame.

Although we have pressed pause on over 100 other community programs in five counties, we are creating custom offerings for many of our partners in vulnerable communities, schools, arts and wellness, and for seniors.

We believe and know that the arts are so very important during this time. We want to hear from you to know how we can walk alongside you – no one is left behind.

Stay safe and well and we hope to see you again soon!

We find ourselves in an uncertain time and in unprecedented moments, as we all learn to adjust to this temporary new normal. We are greatly missing seeing all of you – our artists, patrons, donors and partners. In light of this health crisis, the Coronavirus (COVID-19),

We are taking this pandemic very seriously and we are now going to extend cancelations through at least Saturday, May 9 for all rehearsals, in-person classes and lessons, auditions and events. Our Board and staff will be monitoring and reassessing on a consistent basis. I am currently working alongside other arts leaders and our local officials on the best practices of moving forward in group social gatherings. We are working with all of our partners in the programs that we lead in arts and wellness, vulnerable communities, and seniors to ensure that programs will be canceled or altered until they are safe to resume. This does impact over 100 programs in five counties and we are committed to our relationship and communication with each one.

This also includes the postponement of the following shows:

  • CFCArts Community Choir’s 365: A Year-Round Musical Revue
  • CFCArts Theatre’s Cinderella
  • Young Artist Orchestra’s Spring Concert

At this time, we are offering a credit toward a future show, as our goal is to still perform all of the shows, just at a later date. If that changes, we will roll out options to our patrons who have already purchased tickets.

The CFCArts team will be working remotely but are engaged everyday to take care of our people. We are excited to bring to you many virtual options including:

  • Virtual lessons, classes and workshops through our Academy
  • Taped rehearsals and resources for shows that are in progress
  • A Virtual Concert Series with some of our favorites artists every evening at 6pm on the CFCArts Facebook Fan Page
  • Community Music Therapy in partnership with AdventHealth

We have not made any decisions about activities or gatherings beyond May 9, but our Board of Directors and staff will continue to be communicative through this entire time.

If you have any questions, please email info@cfcarts.com and we will connect with you.

We also would love to hear your ideas about how to be creative during this time. What classes would you take? What experiences could we provide? Email ideas@cfcarts.com with your thoughts.

Lastly, we are in the midst of our United Arts Collaborative Campaign until April 30 at 5pm and every gift that you make will be matched by 30 percent. We need your support now more than ever, as we try to take care of our team to continue to bring the arts to your homes. We are so grateful for every dollar.

You can donate here: United Arts of Central Florida – Collaborative Campaign

There is a beautiful rainbow on the other side of this distress and we can’t wait to experience it with you. We believe this organization will live out its mission of serving and building community in the interim.

You are important to us. Please take care of yourself. Breathe, love and be loved!

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all member rehearsals, classes, lessons, and events have been canceled. It is of utmost importance for us to ensure your safety, and this precautionary measure is out of care for you. This decision was not made lightly.

We are taking this pandemic very seriously and we are now going to extend cancelations through at least Saturday, April 4th for all rehearsals, classes, lessons, auditions and events. Our Board and staff will be monitoring and reassessing on a daily basis. I am currently working alongside other arts leaders and our local officials on the best practices of moving forward in group social gatherings. I do understand the value that this organization brings to your life, and the connection that it fulfills not only in arts, but relationship.

We are working with all of our partners in the programs that we lead in arts and wellness, vulnerable communities, and seniors to ensure that programs will be canceled or altered until safe to resume. This does impact over 100 programs in 5 counties and we are committed to our relationship and communication with each one.

The CFCArts team will be working remotely but engaged every day to take care of our people. We are also researching options and ways to engage in virtual lessons, classes, and rehearsals. Stay tuned for more information on these possible activities.

We have not made any decisions about activities or gatherings in April and beyond but our Board of Directors and I are meeting this week to discuss and plan. We will do our very best to resume all activities when we feel confident it is in the best interest of our people, YOU.

If you have any questions please email info@cfcarts.com and we will connect with you. 

We also would love to hear your ideas about how to be creative during this time. What classes would you take? What experiences could we provide? Email ideas@cfcarts.com with your thoughts.

In times of distress, arts bring us together and keep us positive – we will be back as soon as possible.

You are important to us. Please take care of yourself. Breathe, love and be loved!

In light of the health crisis, the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to reach out with some information and a few updates regarding CFCArts activities. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all member rehearsals, classes, lessons, and events have been canceled. It is of utmost importance for us to ensure your safety, and this precautionary measure is out of care for you. This decision was not made lightly.

These cancelations are in effect through at least Sunday, March 22, 2020, and our Board and staff will be monitoring and reassessing on a daily basis. I am currently working alongside other arts leaders and our local officials on the best practices of moving forward in group social gatherings. I do understand the value that this organization brings to your life, and the connection that it fulfills not only in arts, but relationship.

We will do our very best to resume all activities when we feel confident it is in the best interest of our people, YOU.

You are important to us. Please take care of yourself!

Cancelations and postponed events include:

  • Academy Private Lessons & Classes, (3/14-3/22)
  • CFCArts Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal (3/15 & 3/22)
  • CFCArts Community Choir Rehearsal (3/16)
  • CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra Rehearsal (3/22)
  • Arts & Wellness Fair (3/17 – Postponed, new date TBD)
  • All Children & Youth Arts rehearsals which were already scheduled to have off this week for OCPS Spring Break
  • Musical Minds – All locations (3/15 – 3/22)
  • Arts in Action – Ukulele at the Winter Park Public Library – (3/14-3/31)
  • Arts in Action – Ukulele Class at Beardall Community Center – Canceled until further notice
  • Arts in Action – Classes at L. Claudia Allen – Canceled until further notice
  • Arts in Action – Classes at Jackson Community Center – Canceled until further notice
  • Arts in Action – Classes at Northwest Community Center – Canceled until further notice
  • Arts in Action – Classes at Rosemont Community Center – Canceled until further notice