2020 was such an extremely challenging year for the world; the pandemic, subsequent economic fallout, natural disasters, a national reckoning with racism, and a highly polarized US election have been weighing on each of us heavily. Fortunately, in the midst of these global crises, the seeds of creativity have been able to sprout.
The world has been taken by storm by virtual orchestras and choirs, recreations of famous works of art using found objects, drive by birthday parades and graduations, and a desire to master the art of sourdough, just to name a few. Mutual Aid systems have emerged, creating new ways to care for one another during this time of need. Backyard gardens have popped up as folks look to nourish themselves and their neighbors. In a time of such darkness, we have continued to bring forth the light through creative thinking and the need to connect.
At Compass Arts Creativity Project, we too have been actively creating new ways to connect and provide the vital arts enrichment programming that has become part of the fabric of our community. Since we went into quarantine, we have managed to adapt and pivot to provide resources for those in our community and beyond. This spring we moved all of our classes online as soon as we went into quarantine and turned our spring performances into music videos and films. We also offered free FB live streams of singalongs, theater games, and art activities. And since June, we've:
It feels amazing to have accomplished that much during a pandemic! Our team of teaching artists and board members have galvanized around our little organization, determined to keep our momentum of bringing these valued resources to the community. As we know, winter is going to bring more challenges, and we are reaching out for your help and support. Compass Arts must continue providing our community with the tools to get through the coming months with hope and joy, while keeping those creative juices and inspiration flowing, and sharing our stories with one another. With online programming, we will not only be able to inspire our own little Hudson Valley community, but folks anywhere! ANYWHERE! And we want you on our team! Your support will empower us to:
Our goal was to raise $15,000 by the end of 2020 to accomplish our winter plan - WE MADE IT!
Going forward, if you have the ability to donate, even something small, it will impact and enrich so many folks' lives during this trying time.
Thank you for your consideration!