Sierra Arts Response to Covid-19
March 13 @ 3:00 pm - April 30 @ 8:00 pm
Leadership at Sierra Arts Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for arts and artists, wishes to share the following statement regarding the importance of continued support of the art community during COVID-19 mitigation efforts:
In the last 48 hours, Sierra Arts Foundation has witnessed the cancellation of myriad events across the country and in our home town of Reno, Nevada. We wish to express our sympathies with all of the industries taking precautionary measures through social distancing. We understand these efforts are born out of compassion and respect for public safety and fully endorse the courses of action being taken.
We also know just how much time and preparation goes into each and every performance or piece of art made, and how many individuals in our region the arts economically supports. From the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts to Good Luck MacBeth to Reno Little Theater to Brüka Theatre to individual performances hosted in restaurants and micro venues in our area, this pivotal community will feel the financial burden.
Sierra Arts Foundation wishes to encourage the Truckee Meadows population to consider the following acts of solidarity that will help protect members of the art world.
For performance artists:
-When circumstances permit, consider hosting a live stream of your art form and invite the public to watch digitally. This act reminds others that despite closures, art can still be enjoyed or created and encourages viewers to mimic this behavior.
For patrons of the arts:
-Please consider donating refunded ticket prices to the entities that organized the now-cancelled show. Ticket prices are often a large percentage of an entity’s operations and simple donations can be critical to its continued financial health.
-If you have the means, please consider an unrestricted donation to nonprofits that support arts and artists. Many artists receive grants from these organizations which help contribute to monthly incomes. If you are able to support these entities, you can help ensure our supply of art is not at risk.
-Consider purchasing art or products crafted by local artists and artisans. As social distancing is practiced, the opportunities to sell goods at public gatherings dwindle. Many of these purveyors have digital means for selling and can easily ship product safely.
Sierra Arts Foundation wishes to express our solidarity with these organizations making difficult decisions, as the health of our community and its citizens is paramount. There are many performances to enjoy together still to come, but we hope the community keeps in mind how vulnerable the artists in our population will be if we fail to keep them in mind today.