March 20, 2020
Dear FAN Members,
What an unpredictable unbelievable time this is. We hope that everyone is taking the necessary precautions and that you have the support system in place to help you through this frightening and stressful period.
At this extraordinary time, FAN’s mission to support the arts could not be more important.
We remain steadfast in our desire to help support our local visual and performing arts organizations. FAN is sensitive to the severity and deep impact the situation caused by this pandemic has made and will continue to make to the arts community until we return to “normal.” Even though the crisis has caused arts organizations to shutter for this season, we know from their emails to us that they are focused on addressing their specific closures, program cancellations, and if possible, future rescheduling plans. There is an overwhelming similarity in their messages – because crisis challenges affect arts groups in the same manner, whether they are large or small.
The FAN Board and I want to reassure our members that FAN is honoring, indeed expediting, its grant obligations. Michaela Segall, FAN’s Grants Manager, and the co-VPs of Grants, Beverly Greenberg and Lisa Lachman, have been communicating with our grantees who are earnestly attempting to do their best for their organizations and staff. Our grantees are grateful for FAN’s immediate support and wish to extend their appreciation to you, for your membership makes all of our efforts possible.
Because FAN has cancelled the May 5th, 2020 Annual Meeting and Grant Award Luncheon, we will now be virtually presenting the final award decisions to our grantees and members in April. Thanks to your membership contributions, FAN will award a total of $270,000 to 25 Miami-Dade County visual and performing arts programs. These creative, exceptional, topical and “WOW” programs are in motion to be presented to Miami-Dade County audiences within 2020/2021.
In this crisis, FAN is a ray of hope for our arts community. We are committed to being as flexible and supportive as we can be to each other and our partners in the arts.
On behalf of the FAN Board of Directors, and myself, we send you sincere wishes for safety, and good health.
P.S. Please enjoy these images and be transported to an online arts experience.