Relief for the Arts

About the Project

BlackRock Center for the Arts provides performing and visual artistic programs of the highest quality that reflect, celebrate and engage the diversity of our community. We are home to year-round, live music performances, arts education classes and camps for children and classes for adults, special events, gallery exhibits, and private rental events. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are estimating our lost revenue to be in excess of $180,000 if we can re-open our doors this summer. Without that much-needed revenue, we took several difficult steps, effective March 16:

  • More than 60% of our staff was laid off
  • Remaining staff of five people are working full-time at 50% of their salaries
  • CEO is not taking a salary   
Significant financial sacrifices are being made to help keep BlackRock running virtually until we can open our doors once this crisis has passed. What was once a staff of more than 20 professionals supporting hundreds of artists, teachers, students, performers, and patrons is now a lean team of six professionals working remotely from home at reduced salaries--all to keep BlackRock running virtually and in preparation for the time when BlackRock reopens. Your donation will help support our staff during this crisis. Life as we know it has been upended by this virus—but one thing is certain, this crisis will pass, and with your support, BlackRock will reopen stronger than ever and continue to be an important anchor for our community.


Matching Sponsors

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

  • Montgomery county logo
Donate Now
$10,624 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 54 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    We'll thank you on social media!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    We'll thank you on social media and recognize you on our website!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    We'll thank you on social media, recognize you on our website, and include your name in our season performance programs!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    We'll thank you on social media, recognize you on our website, include your name in our season performance programs, and invite you to a special reception with our CEO!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$624 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,624 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 54 days ago

Founding Sponsors


Nea logo color Seal of montgomery county, maryland.svg
  • $112
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $104
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    in honor of Chuong Le
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $50
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $50
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Carol Gregoire
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Michael Goldfarb
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $3,360
    Carol A. Williams
    2 months ago
  • $3,360
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $280
    Sharon & Hap Bauer
    2 months ago
  • $280
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $22.40
    Fred Zirm
    2 months ago
  • $22.40
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $30
    Melanie Kehoss
    2 months ago
  • $30
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $67.20
    Howard Ausden
    2 months ago
  • $67.20
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Mark and Meredith Walters
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $22.40
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $22.40
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Robert Skelton
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Elizabeth Zerby
    2 months ago
  • $112
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Lan Do
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $28
    in honor of Craig Higgins
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Anonymous
    2 months ago
  • $28
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    2 months ago
  • $504
    in honor of In memory of Ron Matsko-Ensel
    2 months ago
  • This campaign does not yet have any updates.