A Message from the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

 

Guadalupe friends and supporters,

We hope this message finds you and your families safe as our prayers and blessings go out to our communities. We want to thank you for supporting us and giving us time to adapt to this crisis. Without a doubt, uncertainty has become the only constant in the non-profit industry, among many others, and we continue to monitor the current health pandemic closely every day.

In these trying times, reducing the spread of COVID-19 is our main priority. Artists, freelance workers, and nonprofits are creating strategies to support the well-being of our communities regardless of our worries about sustaining our artists, making payroll, and the hidden costs of canceling programs.

Unfortunately, due to these circumstances, the Guadalupe has canceled the biggest festivals we produce, Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio and CineFestival until next year, and all of our live programming for the rest of this fiscal year including Celebrando Tradiciones. However, we are excited about the new opportunities to deliver some of our programs to you online. The following programs are in the works:

• Dance and Music Academy online classes for students at all levels
• Free Facebook live and YouTube dance and music mini-classes
Tejano Conjunto Festival online
• Grupo Animo Summer Youth Theater Troupe program online
• CineFestival screenings online
• Virtual Gallery tours

 

We stand in solidarity with all our artists that, in many cases, don’t have a strong economic safety net and are proud of the dedication, creativity, and support of our audiences, so we are pivoting as quickly as possible to continue serving all of you. I invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow our many offerings there.

Support is crucial at a time like this and we will sincerely appreciate any financial contributions you can make online.  our donations will help cover the 33 percent of our annual income we are losing this fiscal year due to the halting of economic activity and will go towards paying artists and cultural workers to produce our online programming.  Please consider making a contribution to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center today.

Once again, thank you very much for your support y que Dios los bendiga.

Sincerely,

Cristina Ballí
Executive Director

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