May 2020 Community Update
We are in our second month of focusing on keeping our MCA community close while we do not have public access to our building and programming and instruction must remain online. For the safety of our students, instructors, studio artists and other MCA visitors and community members, our building has been closed since March, with classes and performances cancelled or reinvented for online instruction. Thank you to our spring session students and instructors who have patiently transitioned to virtual learning!

Window Project Update
This year we were blessed with state monies to complete the funds needed to restore over 120 windows at Munroe. This project needed to be mostly complete by May 31 to receive these funds, and despite everything we are nearly there! The top floor has been finished, the middle floor has windows ready to be installed, the ground floor is at the restoration shop, and the new storms (courtesy of a donation from the Lambertus family) are on order. We delight in thinking about being able to safely lift these windows and have fresh summer breezes blowing in!

Schools Update
All of our schools have moved classes online this spring. We realize that the home dancing space is not the same, and the art supplies are not the same at home either but we are all adapting. In some cases, we have been asked to bring some classes online that we didn't expect to be able to have. This is both a testament to our teachers, and the strong pull of the community of students we have. Additionally, ArtSpan has been working to create free workshops, and a YouTube channel that will be available this month.

Munroe Saturday Night Update
This year marks MSN’s 10 th anniversary as an affordable, monthly performing arts series that provides poetry readings, dance performances, choral groups, staged play readings and more, accessible to all members of our community. MSN’s 10 th anniversary show, planned for April 25 th , will be postponed until late this year. Please follow Munroe Saturday Nights on Facebook for updates on the 2020-2021 season,  https://www.facebook.com/MunroeSatNights/ - and stay tuned for the announcement of a new play reading that is currently being produced for our audience now!

Summer Ceramics
One of the hardest things about this period of time is the inability to get into the building to use the kiln. Staff are waiting for the green light to get back into the building to not only fire things waiting on the shelves, but to offer up opportunities to create and fire new things. Summer ceramics is currently still being planned for in a new form that will include social distancing, PPE use, and enhanced hygiene.

Summer Camp Update
We have planned another fantastic camp season for children ages 5-11. Each of our nine week sessions offer a different theme - including such things as Mermaids and Pirates, Ahoy , Mad Scientist , and the ever-popular Wizard Week . Every year we look forward to camp and the opportunity to introduce campers to new friends, stretch their creativity and imagination, and explore a wide range of artistic disciplines. A highlight is Friday afternoon gatherings of campers’ parents and families for a session’s end camper share and performance. 

But we must prepare for a summer that will be far from normal and we accept that we may need to reinvent camp into a virtual experience. To ensure the health and well-being of our campers, CIT’s, and instructors, we have begun to craft alternate plans for online programs and takeaway project kits that will allow our campers the opportunity to create and connect while remaining safely distanced. We are having continuing discussions with local medical authorities while our creative team builds programs and projects that will provide our campers and their families with fun, respite, and creative ways to explore the arts at home and outdoors.

Save the Date to Lend Your Support
May 5 th will be #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of philanthropy to support nonprofits adversely impacted by the pandemic. We need your support  now - this prolonged and uncertain period of reduced programming and diminished tuition has resulted in severe financial challenges for MCA. Because of significantly reduced expected revenue, we have cut back our ArtSpan staff, stopped non-essential building and grounds maintenance services, turned down the heat and unplugged all computers, lamps and more to reduce electricity costs to the lowest possible level.

We look forward to when our community can safely come back together in our classrooms, performance spaces, and studios. Your participation in our GivingTuesdayNow event will ensure that MCA will be able to remain a vibrant arts center for our community.