April 2020 Week 1
A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
Greetings from your local arts scene! 

We've been busy working on plans to keep our program participants and audiences engaged through new virtual platforms and adjusting dates/protocols/policies to accommodate the rapidly changing environment. As a leading arts convener in your community, we're going to initiate daily Facebook posts and weekly e-newsletters during the stay-at-home advisory period with links to p rojects, ideas and art-related resources to continue our mission of enriching lives and creating community through the arts. Check out our "Staying Connected and Creative" section below for educational and entertaining things to do from home.

Our program and events schedule is changing frequently, so visit our website for current information. In the hope we are all out and about before summer, we have several programs to put on your calendar (see "Program and Events" section below). Until our next e-newsletter, be safe, follow quarantine directives, and keep creating!

Thank you for your continued support,
Anna Klashka (President, REAA Board of Directors)

Keep the Arts Alive in Your Community!

It takes a village of staff and artists to adapt and sustain programming in this  challenging environment we find ourselves in. 
We need your help more than ever to stay afloat, pay our bills, and continue providing meaningful community connections. 

Program and Event Updates

Visit our  website for current updates on programs and events
Some are cancelled, some are postponed, and some will be held virtually

In the hopes of being released from quarantine before summer, we are busy planning the following programs to run on their scheduled dates...

This popular summer program will run from July 6th-31st at Hudson High School. As usual, we'll offer a variety of theater experiences for Grades 1-12, including extended day programs and public performances. Our Broadway-level show line-up will be announced once we acquire the rights from Music Theater International. In order to remain fluid with scheduling during the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be adapting our registration and payment process in order to accommodate any sudden changes in scheduling that may occur.  We anticipate opening online registration in mid April!  Check our website  for up-to date information.

May 16th-  
You're invited to a Pirate and Princesses sing-a-long te a party with games and activities at the First Church in Marlborough. This event will be a great way for families to reconnect with each after being cooped up.  More details to come soon...

June 17th at 6:30 pm  at Wood Park in Hudson. Join us for our annual  FREE concert to celebrate the arts and honor an individual or organization that makes an impact on the cultural vibrancy of our community.  Bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinner and enjoy an evening full of performances and activities for the whole family!  

What arts-minded person or organization has made an impact in your life?

Staying Connected and Creative 
Each Wednesday during the stay-at-home advisory period,
we'll be sending out a variety of art-related links to help keep you connected

Send a letter  to your state reps to include the arts in emergency funding!

Funding sources for artists facing lost income due to COVID-19- for actors, artists,
administrators, curators, photographers, playwrights, musicians, writers, small creative businesses and more...

For art inspiration from around the world, try Google Arts and Culture

Explore world music at Daria Music

Learn to paint, draw, and sketch

Family-friendly activities from Tower Hill Botanic Garden

We're seeking people for the following roles...

1.  Our Summer Drama Workshop program is hiring a Music Director, Teaching Artists, and Program Assistants.  Click here  for more info and to apply.

2.  Join our Board of Directors and help deliver high-quality arts programming to the community.  Send an email to bod@upwitharts.org.

3.  Artists of all mediums to develop and lead virtual workshops and performances during the Stay-at-home mandate.  Send an email to info@upwitharts.org.
Your membership creates a vibrant arts scene!

Become a member  of the Arts Alliance and experience exciting community events  and inspiring educational opportunities year round. Members receive special benefits and help us remain an outlet for creativity and connection for all!
River's Edge Arts Alliance Board and Staff:

2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
Anna Klashka - President
Danielle Neuffer - Vice President
Kevin Santos - Treasurer
Christopher Griffith - Secretary
Julie-Anne Burdick
PJ Mann
Ron Sorgman

Junior BOD members:
Brianna Hamel - Marlborough High School
Lucy McCabe - AMSA
Chief Administrative Officer (on leave)- Danielle Griggs
Interim Chief Administrative Officer- Leah Ambrosino

To learn more about our leadership, please visit our leadership website:  

Current Annual Report:  http://upwitharts.org/annual-report/
The River's Edge Arts Alliance is proud to be a member of the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce .