With the COVID-19/coronavirus impacting myriad facets of life locally, and across the globe, nonprofit arts institutions are struggling to find ways to reach out to the community, and pay the bills.
“We know that everyone is struggling during this difficult time and of course, the same is true for the Rome Art and Community Center,” reads a recent statement from the West Bloomfield Street center. “With that thought in mind, we are conducting a membership drive – our thinking is that rather than ask for a “gift” outright, we would like to invite you to become a member – this is a win-win for both you, the individual and the Art Center…”
The center’s executive director, Tamalin Martin, explains why it’s a “win-win.”
Among a list of community programming offered, the RACC provides arts classes, art exhibits, holds concerts, provides a summer camp arts program for children and an early learning academy, among other activities. But, the center operates on a very tight budget, relying on event proceeds to keep going.
In the last few months everything has been on pause, including plans for new art and literature focused programming, Martin said, indicating that even the near future is uncertain.
But even so, Martin said she and the center are still working out the details for fall and winter holiday events. That way, when the time comes to launch into action on pulling the events together. They can launch.
Over the last few months, “ we were still doing stuff even though we didn’t have anyone here,” Martin says. That included limited virtual programming for youth.
As of Monday this week, the center has been able to open Artletics, their arts-focused summer day time youth enrichment program, as it is allowed under the state’s pandemic reopening guidelines.
Martin said there are about 20 participants and safely room for a bit more.
After the venue had been closed during the spring months, Martin adds that it was a breath of fresh air to have community at the center again.
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