COVID-19 is changing the world and everyone’s life in it. But while we Chicagoans, along with other citizens of the world, practice social distancing for the sake of everyone’s safety, Elastic Arts remains committed to social connecting through music and art for the sake of everyone’s wholeness.
Like all cultural institutions and public spaces, Elastic Arts is closed and will remain so until it is safe again to host concerts, performances, and openings. This is a challenge for the organization and the performers. Music, dance, and art sustain us. The act of sharing creatively and exploring together is core to our humanity. For that reason, Elastic Arts is committed to again welcoming artists and audiences of all kinds to experiment, express, revel, and celebrate, and we hope you will be a part of that future.
COVID-19 brings financial hardship to Elastic Arts and the performers who earn vital income from shows. Will you consider helping the organization and artists to survive these difficult times and look to a bright and flourishing future of art and music in Chicago? Elastic Arts is asking you and the entire community of music/art/dance lovers to invest today in tomorrow. We are creating the Resilient Expression Fund to help support our vibrant creative community in a time of need. 50% of the funds will directly support artists and performers who have lost critical income, including those with cancelled performances, and 50% will support Elastic Arts during this public health crisis. Will you join us?
The loss, fear, and isolation of COVID-19 are real, but so are the strength and compassion we demonstrate as we respond to these challenges. Elastic Arts embodies the values of human connection, creative exploration, and freedom. These values are needed more right now than ever before. Please invest in the future of Chicago music, art, and performance by donating today.
Image: Cristal Sabbagh's Freedom From/Freedom To series. Photo taken by Liina Raud
Image: Avreeayl Ra receives first Elastic Achievement Award. Photo taken by Julia Dratel