Support Artivate’s small dedicated staff during program shutdowns due to COVID-19

About the Project

“Amazing artists… this show was something special and unique for our community to experience.”
– Youth Services Coordinator, St. Mary’s County Library 

Artivate works with a diverse roster of professional musicians, dancers, storytellers, actors, and visual artists who have a passion for connecting with young people and families. These artists perform and lead workshops in a variety of community settings, educating and engaging audiences while celebrating cultural differences and emphasizing commonalities. Our roster is known for the quality, experience, and authenticity of artists who embody their cultural heritage and reflect traditions from places such as Ecuador, India, Ghana, Ukraine, Quebec, Japan, Argentina, South Africa, and the American Southwest. 

Our small, dedicated staff of four works each day to connect professional artists to communities across Maryland, Washington, DC, and northern Virginia, acting much like a theater production company. We set schedules, produce marketing materials, collaborate on professional development, coordinate logistics and tech needs, and handle contracting for our 32+ solo or ensemble artists. We average 24 individual performances or workshops per week in schools, libraries, correctional facilities, and other community-based sites. In all cases, we work to make the experiences affordable for schools and other presenters while ensuring appropriate and supportive fees for artists.
 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to halt 100% of programming
. After 25 years of meaningful, inspiring and educational programming in the community, Artivate’s continued existence is jeopardized by the region-wide closures, and the livelihoods of dozens of artists we support are severely impacted. Each month of institutional shutdowns means the cancellation of over 95 programs and a collective loss to our artists of some $30,000. Artivate also is suffering from the loss of revenue due to all program cancellations, impacting the majority of our operating budget. We depend on this income – coupled with individual, corporate and foundation support, and funding from the federal, state and local arts councils – to carry out our mission.
 

Please support our staff as they work and prepare to launch programs once the COVID-19 storm has passed. 

“Sometimes all a person may need is a ray of hope or a moment of tranquility to refocus his life. I found that moment in art class.”– Participant in Artivate workshop, Montgomery County jail


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$11,460.20 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 56 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    No donation is too small!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    $100 supports a day of work for Artivate staff
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    $500 will cover the cost of one month of health care for 2 employees
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Support the work of Artivate staff for one week
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$1,460.20 to go. Every dollar helps.
$11,460.20 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 56 days ago

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