While the governor has begun to share plans for re-opening New York, we know that venues like the Cinema Arts Centre will be part of the last phase of re-openings and our timeline remains unclear. We continue to operate with a greatly reduced budget, covering essential costs, while continuing to serve our community through remote platforms. We are working hard to make sure that we can implement a reopening that is safe and smooth, once it is appropriate to do so.
During our temporary closure, many members of our community have supported us in a variety of meaningful ways and we are so grateful! While we are providing some online and streaming programming for free, we are also offering paid programs that support the Cinema. Thanks to all who have "attended" our
Many members and patrons have purchased
, another deeply appreciated investment in our future.
We have received many generous
from our members - from $5 to $10,000, every single gift is powerful and has made a significant impact on our ability to continue to deliver our mission. Thank you so much!
Importantly, this is the time of year that we traditionally hold our
Spring Membership Sale
. The success of the sale is absolutely vital. Having the Spring Membership Sale while we are closed is a major challenge. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to each person who has decided to become a member, renew their membership, or upgrade their membership during our sale. We will add a day to each expiration date for every day we were closed once we reopen.
Recently, a long-time member wrote to us about what membership means to her, and we are so honored to share those words:
"Cinemas are the heart of our historical and social collective memory. The arts represent our thoughts on many issues and concerns. To no longer have film demonstrating the mindset of humanity, at a given point in time, is a tragic loss. Membership matters."
-Barbara Tutino, Educator
Barbara's membership, and yours, will help to ensure that we will always be here to present independent film programs and cultural events and serve as a community center that cultivates consciousness and compassion - for now through remote tools - but one day again in our theaters and in our Sky Room Cafe.