As another fiscal year comes to a close for Artivate, we’re excited to share our progress as our new normal comes into view. The pandemic greatly affected our organization – as it did the rest of the world – and we’ve had to continue to think creatively, adapt, and envision new possibilities. Working closely with our artists and our programming partners this past year, we’ve been able to deliver – as of today – 398 individual performances and workshops. These programs took place virtually and in-person at schools, libraries, summer camps, and many other community settings, across 17 counties, to more than 37,450 audience members.
This programming more than doubles what we were able to achieve in our last fiscal year – that first, challenging 2020-2021 pandemic year – and it represents more than 30% of the number of programs we would deliver in a “normal” year. Nearly 50% of this year’s programming was delivered between March 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022 alone, reflecting the gain in momentum as schools and community venues opened, restrictions relaxed, and programming resumed. Looking at this trend, as well as the programming we’re already scheduling with our partners for summer and well into 2022-2023, we’re optimistic about more opportunities for in-person programming to come.
Over the last two years, Artivate’s 30+ artists stepped up to the challenge and created virtual versions of their in-person offerings, as well as special adaptations to accommodate health and safety protocols for in-person programming. Known for being interactive, engaging, and educational, our artists truly shone, working with our staff and our program presenters to adjust programming to each presenter’s technology and audience needs/requirements. Programming across our three program areas – School and Community Outreach (SCO), Out of School Time (OST), and Project Youth ArtReach (PYA) – took place both virtually and in-person, with artists reaching communities through computer screens and smartboards, classrooms and auditoriums, and courtyards and town greens.
In the coming year, we embark on a path of RENEWAL, breathing new life into our connections with the community – restoring historical partnerships, developing new partnerships, and adding new artists to our roster. We hope you’ll join us – to plan a workshop, attend a performance, or make a gift of financial support. The future looks bright – and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
We are thrilled to be part of the 2022 – 23 Catalogue for Philanthropy class of critical local nonprofits! It’s an honor to be selected by community advocates across the region based on our impact and work. Your support helps us continue to make a difference, close to home.
For more information about Catalogue for Philanthropy: www.cfp-dc.org