The arts are essential in times of crisis

About the Project

Thank you for supporting the arts during this time of critical need -- and for helping us reach our $10,000 goal via our first-ever Power2Give campaign.

Every dollar you contribute will be matched 100% by the Arts and Humanities Council-- up to our $10,000 goal as matching funds are available.

These funds will go a long way in providing support for our teaching artists and performers during the challenging weeks and months ahead --- and will help keep our small staff employed.

Teaching and performing artists, like other independent freelancers and contractors, are often the first and hardest to be hit in times like this --  and unlike others, they do not have access to unemployment benefits, nor do they get sick days or paid leave. All too often, they have no resources to fall back on when performances, workshops, teaching residencies, in-school and after-school programs are cancelled.

On a positive note, we have already made great headway in adapting to virtual platforms for presenting concerts, community sings, and instructional videos for ukulele, songwriting and craft projects--but this does not help everyone and rarely if ever provides adequate compensation for the work.

Please join us in affirming the value of the arts and the importance of supporting our artist community at this difficult time -- while we also seek the means to reach out in new ways to the diverse communities we serve.

A donation of any size will make a difference -- especially with the 1:1 matching funds. 

Take inspiration from the list of suggested giving levels and benefits.

And be sure to watch our video -- with testimonials from our civic and community leaders, including Congressman Jamie Raskin, Maryland Senator Will Smith and Council Member Gabe Albornoz.

Many thanks in advance for your generosity in supporting our artists and our work.  

Wishing you health, wellness and resilience, 

Busy Graham, Ingrid Gorman, Denise Jones, and Tsion Tekle
and the Carpe Diem Arts board of directors 

P.S. Check out Carpe Diem’s “Arts in the Time of Corona” resource page:

www.CarpeDiemArts.org/arts-in-the-time-of-corona. You will find one-minute doses of comic relief from HappenstanceTheater.com and much more. While you are on-site, take a moment to learn about our programs and meet the artists we have the great pleasure of working with.
 

                 The arts fortify us in the face of adversity, providing us with an outlet for creativity,
                                           and a reminder of what makes us human.


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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$10,391.80 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 49 days ago
  • Donate $75 or more

    Contribute to our virtual Earth Day Festival and Community Sing on April 21, the eve of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day -- and help us pay our local and national touring performers for their participation. This event is in lieu of the April 22 live event that had been planned at Montgomery Blair High School. An opportunity to raise awareness of our climate crisis, inspire change, and sign up voters!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Deliver art supplies and provide access to video instruction for the children enrolled in our Youth ArtBeat and ACE Academy after-school programs -- enabling students to work on projects from home.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $150 or more

    Support our production of music, dance and crafts instruction videos.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Contribute to our fund to pay performing artists and song leaders participating in our virtual concerts and community family sings.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Support scholarships for 10-15 year-old girls from low-income families to attend our summer arts camp on the Eastern Shore -- this year or next. www.CarpeDiemArtsSummerCamps.org
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $750 or more

    Make a major difference in raising awareness of our Climate Crisis. Contribute to the Carpe Diem Arts Environmental Education Fund to commission artists to create new programs -- and to support the delivery of engaging visual, literary and performing arts assembly programs, workshops and residencies in area schools, inspiring children to become better stewards of our planet.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    This gift will go far in supporting Carpe Diem’s general operating costs and will help ensure our survival during and after this crisis.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,500 or more

    Help us compensate for teaching and performing artists’ lost income in March, April and May -- to better ensure their ability to provide food for their families and cover basic living expenses.

    The $1,500 sponsorship level will also make you eligible for a raffle drawing to win a free weekend on the Eastern Shore. www.ShoreRetreatsOnBroadCreek.org
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$391.80 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,391.80 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 49 days ago

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