Keep the Stage Ready
This year the Heyde Center for the Arts is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The calendar was filled with a mix of high quality international, national and local performances. The schedule for the art galleries was booked into 2021. Our line up of art classes was strong. There were a record number of special events lined up including weddings, fundraisers for community partners, bus tours, and more.
When the COVID-19 pandemic took over our lives, everyone hoped it wouldn't last beyond the end of the month of March. Then the safer-at-home order was extended to April 24th, so we cancelled, rescheduled, and reorganized. Now the order has been extended to the end of May. Limited reserves are stretched and will be close to breaking under the weight of virtually no revenue coming in, but our unwavering commitment is to protect the building and the staff.
We realize that this is a confusing and difficult time for so many small businesses and their employees. We have, and will continue, to look at ways to trim all non-essential expenses going forward; however, there are still basic building costs that must be paid such as barebones utility bills, building insurance, security, etc. Funding from supporters is very important to ensure that the Heyde Center can cover monthly expenses that cannot easily be deferred or cancelled, plus help us get back on our feet once we are able to open again to the public.
The Heyde Center employs a lean staff of 3 FT and 1 PT person. We are used to doing a lot with minimal resources. We do not require huge amounts of money to survive - so any donation helps us keep the stage ready and the lights on until we are able to reopen our doors.
Right now, if we raise at least $1,000 from ten or more online donations through the GoFundMe Charity platform connected to the #GivingTuesdayNow Match Program between April 16, 2020, at 10AM Pacific Time and May 10, 2020, at 11:59PM Pacific Time, the platform will match your donations up to $1,000. If 100 people donate $10 each, the donation is doubled. $1,000 will cover approximately half of our Xcel Energy bill. $2,000 will cover the entire bill for a month!!