This campaign was origianly created to help sustain our Jogo Novo studio until we were able to re-open after covid-19 restrictions eased. This is now not a possibility due to a fire that has completely destroyed our beautiful home on Monday, Sept 1st. Jogo Novo was the culmination of a 25 year journey by owner Chris Montiel, Mestre Recruta in the Capoeira world. His vision of creating a community space that featured artists from many disciplines to create art and promote healthy lifestyles was finally realized with Jogo Novo. Capoeira, Samba, Zumba, Taiko, Filipino Martial Arts, and so much more called Jogo Novo home. There was a special kind of magic that lived in the space and that magic was given and received by everyone that walked through the doors.
This fire was devastaing to the Jogo Novo community, our artists have lost all of their equipment, instruments, supplies, artwork, irreplaceable items from their life's work and passions. The artists and students no longer have a home to return to. Many of the children from the youth programs all said "Jogo Novo was our happy place, our place to forget the mean kids and sadness we sometimes feel".
Jogo Novo was most definitley a happy place for so many, children and adults alike, and with your generousity, we will find a way to create a new happy place. Help us make sure that the next chapter of Jogo Novo's life will be more vibrant than ever.
To all of you that made our initial campaign so successful, thank you!!! Covid has kept us from reaching out and thanking you properly, but we will be in touch soon. Please share this with your communities. If anyone has any contact with an organization that may be able to match funds, please let us know.
God bless you all
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Jogo Novo is a unique community space that is home to a vibrant community of cultural expressions and fitness practices in Downtown Hayward. Capoeira, Zumba, Samba, Taiko, Filipino Martial Arts, these are just a few of the exciting offerings that Jogo Novo hosts. Students of all ages and their families learn and grow together, building a strong community and finding inspiration in art, fitness, and culture. Jogo Novo is also an unforgettable place for private gatherings and has hosted many special moments for families and their friends.
Jogo Novo has been closed since mid-March, due to the covid-19 pandemic. This closure has severely affected our artists and their ability to work & thrive, and ultimately has made it difficult to keep up with the expenses to keep our beautiful studio open. While some of our artists have been creative with online offerings, making ends meet as the months go by has been difficult. Jogo Novo is struggling to stay afloat and we find ourselves needing to ask for help to weather the storm and be sustainable when we can safely reopen.
We are asking for your support in any way that you can give it so that we can continue to contribute to the emotional and physical well being of our community. Studio’s like Jogo Novo are an essential part of our daily lives, they give us an opportunity to feel good, to be inspired, to find cultural roots, to build community, and so much more. These studios will also play an integral role in our communal recovery as we work to get used to our “new normal”.
We come here to humbly ask our Jogo Novo community, friends, and family to come together to help keep our doors open, our spirits filled with hope, and the arts that we do alive and thriving. Please consider a donation of any amount that works for you, and if financial support isn’t possible at the moment, please help us get the word out by letting people know just how much our studio and community means to you.
Thank you for believing in what we do.