In just a few weeks we were going to celebrate our 15th anniversary, but in light of the current public health concerns we are of course shut down. Our staff, the heartbeat of our organization, has had their employment put on hold (aka no more income) due to Gallery5 closing its doors to the public amid the COVID-19 spread. We were going to spend the whole month celebrating fifteen years of engaging communities through the arts, but now we are asking our community to instead help celebrate and support our staff instead. The reason you have been able to enjoy concerts, burlesque events, game nights, first Fridays, and beyond is because of the hard work of our small, but dedicated staff. Our non profit organization has seen many ups and downs over the years, but perhaps none as drastic as what we’re seeing today. Support from the community is vital to Gallery5’s long term survival and we hope you’ll join us in supporting our staff and organization through these crazy times.
The Board of Directors is going to make a contribution here to help our staff get through these times, but we’re asking for your support as well to help our staff and to allow G5 to raise money for vital needs through this programing-down time. 100% of the money donated here will go right back to making sure that G5 can support the staff that has helped make us the arts and culture hub that we are and to keep some vital functions funded as to not lapse on insurance/safety needs. While most all of our staff has been cut from current operational needs we still want to raise funds to help them get through this period of no income as a thank you for their dedication and hard work over the years. We also need to keep some vital things like our insurance/security cameras on for our organization’s liability and safety reasons. Our landlord, Vanderbilt Properties, has generously knocked off huge amounts of rent for the foreseeable future and is working with us to ensure that the organization has an opportunity to re-open and get back to putting on the weird and fun events we curate once the world is in a safer place. It’s because of folks like our landlord and your generosity that we’ll be able to supply our staff with some additional funds and keep the essential organization services functioning through this crisis.
I would highly encourage you join me and the rest of the Board of Directors at Gallery5 and help support this organization through these uncertain times. For the sake of full transparency the Board is making it’s contribution right here on GoFundMe to help support the cause and to encourage others to do the same. Gallery5 is not possible without the hard work of the staff and we can not thank them enough for all they have done to keep the wheels rolling on our 501 c3 non profit arts organization.
Here’s where the money will be going:
1- Give financial support to the G5 staff that is forced to go into this no-income time period in their lives.
2- Retain vital staff - and even this is being done at extreme limited capacities due to the lockdown and inability to have public events
3- Pay a small portion of our rent which has been generously lowered thanks to our landlord’s understanding on how big of an impact this is on the organization
4- Keep essential services funded (insurance / security camera / power ) - We’ve cut many of our non-essential weekly expenses as is and are down to the bare-bones functions needed to stay compliant to all legal standards.
5- Strengthen Gallery5’s resilience to this crisis and to help us bring back all of our staff once we reopen doors. We truly are blessed to have such a wonderful set of folks working with us and our aim is to bring back literally every single person involved with G5 that have currently been let go due to the shut down.
Gallery5 will be reviewing many options in the weeks to come to see how we can have some basic programing options available at a digital capacity, but this will truly be a a small shadow of our normal operational full capacity offerings. Like all other things in this world, this criss too shall pass, but in the meantime please consider making a donation to help our staff and organization weather the storm. By supporting these efforts we’ll make sure our workers have some support coming their way and will help get us in a position to make Gallery5 your home for local arts and culture once we reopen doors…whenever that may be.
We’ve got fifteen years behind us and are one of Richmond’s longest running performance venues. If you love live music, art, burlesque, street parties, panel events, game nights, First Fridays, or any of the other thousands of events we’ve put on in the last fifteen years then please join me in making a donation to support those people and efforts. We look forward to opening back up one day and we know that with your support we’ll be able to make life a little bit easier on the individuals that have made so many fun nights possible at Gallery5. Thank you for your support and long live Gallery5!