Like many institutions, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person programs at IWC. We are working on planning some virtual events, and will update as we go forward. Please continue to follow our website, social media pages, and e-newsletters so you’ll be the first to know when we are able to set specific dates and times for these programs, and for re-opening the center for in-person activities. For now, you can see some of the offerings we hope to be able to schedule in the future on our website. If you are signed up for an upcoming workshop in March or early April, please check your email.

This change in programs means that it’s going to be a tough, lean couple of months for the organization. Here are some ways you can help the arts in this time of uncertainty:

1) If you have purchased a registration to a cancelled event, consider either allowing the IWC to hold on to the purchase for class credit, or making a donation in the same amount. We will supply you with a tax deductible note. If you don’t have any registrations or tickets, donate to your favorite organizations anyway. You can even use crowdfunding resources to make a bigger impact.

2) Donate financially. If you have the ability, please consider purchasing or renewing your membership, and making a financial donation. Registrations and ticket sales rarely cover more than a third or half of the actual cost of delivering arts and cultural experiences. It is important that sponsors, patrons, and donors all stay engaged.

3) Many of the artists you know have likely lost a gig or two and are looking for work. Consider them as a potential solution if you need help with childcare, transportation, groceries, or anything else, and pay them for their time.

4) Be an advocate and promote the projects your favorite organizations and artists. Share their blogs and media, stay signed up to newsletters. When the time comes for events to resume share the information on social media, invite your friends, and most importantly buy your registrations and tickets to those events in advance. The more successful those programs are, the easier it will be for groups to recover financially.

 

We will all get through this together. As always, we are grateful for your continued support and thank you for all you do to make IWC possible. We look forward to seeing everybody soon. Sending care and compassion to you all, as we face this unprecedented event.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 18, 2020


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