By KATE MCOMBER
To the Editor:
The arts are essential and they need our help.
In March, the City of Hartford asked the Greater Hartford Arts Council to survey a number of local arts organizations about how they were faring at the beginning of the pandemic. That quick snapshot of about 14 organizations showed striking results: these organizations were projecting losses totaling $2.1 million after just 30 days. And that was only a fraction of all of the organizations our region has to offer.
We are now almost a year into the pandemic that has changed our lives forever. While we’re lucky to have been able to provide funding and support to artists and organizations across the region, there is still so much work to be done. With entire theater seasons lost, museums closed for months on end and educational programs postponed indefinitely, this is time, and revenue, arts organizations will never get back. At the same time, musicians and artists whose livelihoods depend on performing, sharing their talents, teaching and collaborating saw their income stream disappear overnight. Like so many others, they need our help.
Giving to the arts now is a jumpstart for the region’s creative economy. Not only do we need the arts right now, but we want the arts here when this is all over.
Photography, dance, music, theatre, and more; we take comfort in these things in times of trouble, but we cannot take them for granted.