Firehouse Center for the Arts Issues COVID-19 Impact Statement
[On March 23, Firehouse Center for the Arts Executive Director John Moynihan issued the following statement. Please consider giving to their Phoenix Fund to ensure that operations will resume once the current crisis has passed. Note this press release has been lightly edited to comply with AP style guidelines.]
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the suspension of operations at the Firehouse Center for the Arts through May 31, 2020. While the impact of this decision cuts deep, we take solace in knowing that we are playing a critical role in the response to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community and beyond.
What does this mean for you — our patrons and arts advocates?
The box office will remain closed. If you had tickets for a performance scheduled between now and May 31, 2020, you may either turn your ticket purchase into a credit to be used at a future event at the Firehouse, good for 12 months; donate your ticket purchase as part of our Phoenix Campaign as we work to raise $100,000 to help get through this extended dark period in the theater, or request a refund of your ticket purchase. You can let us know your preference by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that refunds may take up to three weeks to process, and we thank you in advance for your patience.
We will continue to put safety first and operate remotely as we work to find ways to bring artistic experiences to you virtually until such time as we turn our ghost light off and re-open the theater doors. We know that for so many, the artistic experiences that happen at the Firehouse offer a chance to escape, and the power of a shared experience through the arts creates a common bond desperately needed in these uncertain times. While nothing can replace these in-person connections, we hope that you take comfort in knowing that we are working tirelessly to create new ways to connect with you as we all move forward together.
While this decision means the cancellation of over 50 events and losses in excess of $125,000, we know that we are not alone during this trying time. Many of you have asked how you can help, and our response remains as constant as the power of the arts to change lives: first, take care of yourselves, and each other; second, hold space for the arts in your heart; and third, consider making a gift — whether financial or social — to those arts organizations that mean the most to you. While of course the gift of your hard-earned dollars will mean the world to us, the gift of your advocacy within your networks about what the Firehouse means to you will have that same power to help us all rise from this, together.
If you’d like to make a financial gift to our Phoenix Campaign to help protect our ability to create powerful and engaging arts experiences long after this period of uncertainty, we invite you to do so online at firehouse.org/support-us/phoenix. While our performances, classes, and events cannot go on, the lives and livelihoods of those who make the art you love must. Your philanthropic support ensures that when this crisis ends — and it will — the Firehouse will rise, just like the majestic phoenix that has graced our stairwell since 1991.
We thank you for your patience, for your efforts to be and stay safe, and for your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time. Until we gather again in our historic, magical theater, please take care of yourselves, and each other.