The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the financial well-being of our beloved dance studio and early childhood ARTS program. The Academy of Movement and Music will be forced to close its doors permanently next year without your support.
With in-person classes suspended from March through July of 2020 and strict social-distancing guidelines now in effect, enrollment has plummeted. Should the Academy close, dozens of teachers will lose their jobs, and an invaluable and historic asset for arts and dance education in our community will be lost.
Health and safety mandates have prevented the Academy from returning to full in-person class capacity. Although we are doing our absolute best to supplement in-person class enrollment by offering remote instruction via Zoom, we have not been able to bring enrollments up to sustainable levels and fully recuperate from the financial loss caused by the pandemic.
We are grateful that current tuition income is covering all of our teachers' salaries, but it isn’t enough to keep our doors open and the lights on. We are seeking your help to raise the funds which we desperately need to cover business overhead.
In addition to this fundraiser, the Academy has applied for government-sponsored grants and loans and for a three-month deferment and refinance of the mortgage on the building. We are doing everything in our power to keep our teachers and staff employed and to be able to continue offering outstanding arts
education to the children of our community.
The success of this fundraiser will allow the Academy to stay afloat through the remainder of the current program year. We pray that effective treatments and a vaccine against the Coronavirus will be developed in the not-too-distant future and that our way of life can return to normal.
If you are an alumna/us who grew up at the Academy; if you have a child who attends the A.R.T.S. program or dance classes; if you are a patron of the arts or a community member who values the continuation of arts education in the Oak Park area; please consider helping our school survive COVID-19!
- Peter Washington
- Miguel Morales
- Catherine Joss
- Zachary Schorsch
- Gabriel Burns
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