Health and Safety Updates, March 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020: Virtual Concerts, Classes, and other ways to stay creative!

In this time of social distancing, the CFCArts team has been working hard to create a wide selection of digital artistic opportunities. Watch live concerts, practice your skills, or get busy creating – from the comfort and safety of your own home, while staying connected to the CFCArts community! Current members, in addition to these options, remember that your program area emails have online rehearsal resources for you to keep singing, playing, and practicing for all of our upcoming shows!

Virtual Concert Series – On CFCArts Facebook – Most evenings at 6pm:

CFCArts is offering a virtual concert series. It will feature many artists that CFCArts loves – and who you may recognize from local stages and theme parks, broadcasting concerts from their home! These 30-minute concerts will feature singers, guitarists, piano players and more, and range from Broadway to pop, rock to Disney, and all types of music the whole family will enjoy! These free concerts are held most days from now through at least the beginning of May at 6pm, and can be found on the CFCArts Facebook page: Facebook.com/CentralFloridaCommunityArts.

Virtual Group Music Therapy – Music for Relaxation On CFCArts Facebook – Wednesdays at 10am:

Are you feeling anxious, tense or overwhelmed? In need of a way to relax? Take a short break and join CFCArts as we leverage the power of music for relaxation. This session, led by CFCArts’ Board-Certified Music Therapist Ashley Lewis, will go through relaxation techniques that use music. Note: no instruments or music experience necessary to participate – all people, all ages, all abilities welcome. Music for Relaxation sessions are free and can be found on the CFCArts Facebook page: Facebook.com/CentralFloridaCommunityArts. Watch this week’s relaxation and breathing exercise: Music for Relaxation

Virtual Private Lessons in the Performing Arts:

CFCArts Academy is offering affordable virtual private lessons for artists (and aspiring artists) of all ages. One-on-one acting, piano, voice, guitar, violin, and other instrumental lessons are happening through the use of Google Hangouts. If you want to try something new or dust off an old skill, now is the perfect time for both children and adults to start! Learn more by emailing Academy@CFCArts.com.

Virtual Classes in the Performing Arts:

CFCArts is offering virtual classes at affordable prices (including several free classes!) in multiple disciplines of the performing arts. Some classes are going to present age-specific offerings, including music classes geared toward different levels of K-12 students, classes for older adults, and some classes and workshops for everyone to enjoy! Learn more about these classes by emailing School@CFCArts.com. Next week’s class schedule:

Monday 3/30 @ 10am • Free!
Musical Instruments in Your Kitchen
No registration necessary • View on CFCArts Facebook • Facebook.com/CentralFloridaCommunityArts
Tuesday 3/31 @ 10am • Pay what you can, $5 minimum
Creative Writing – Creating Imagery
To register, email School@CFCArts.com
Wednesday 4/1 @ 10am • Free!
Music for Relaxation
No registration necessary • View on CFCArts Facebook • Facebook.com/CentralFloridaCommunityArts
Thursday 4/2 @ 10am • Pay what you can, $5 minimum
Acting 101 – Monologues
To register, email School@CFCArts.com
Friday 4/3 @ 2pm • Pay what you can, $5 minimum
Where to Start: A Conversation about Writing for the Theatre with Donald Rupe
To register, email School@CFCArts.com

Time to Write: A Challenge for Playwrights – Now through April 24, 2020:

Playwrights (and aspiring playwrights) are welcome to enter “Time To Write: A Challenge for Playwrights” through April 24, to write an original complete work of any length for a chance at different opportunities, including virtual readings, and even the chance to see their work on stage at CFCArts. Find out more at CFCArts.com/TimeToWrite.
If you want to write but don’t know where to start, sign up for our digital workshop, Where to Start: A Conversation about Writing for the Theatre with Donald Rupe, next Friday 4/3 at 2pm. Email School@CFCArts.com to register!

Time to Sing: A Challenge for Singers – Starting March 30:

Beginning on March 30, the CFCArts Theatre team will select a song that singers can submit a video of themselves singing to. Videos must be submitted by April 10 for a chance to be one of the selected videos that will be put together in a montage. Find out more at CFCArts.com/TimeToSing.

Time to Act: A Podcast Theatre – Coming Soon:

CFCArts Theatre is starting a series of podcast-style reading of plays as a way to keep actors engaged and audiences entertained while we can’t be together at the theatre. In the next few weeks auditions will be announced for actors (and voice-actors!) for these virtual readings. Titles and more information will be available within the next few weeks at CFCArts.com.

Past Communications

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: All activities canceled through Saturday, May 9

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!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020: All activities canceled through Saturday, April 4

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!

Friday, March 13, 2020: Rehearsals and lessons canceled through Sunday, March 22.

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