We continue to think of each one of you during this ongoing global health crisis and hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Given the recent guidelines released by the State and Federal governments, we all continue to practice social distancing to help lower the impact of COVID-19. During these most difficult times we see the humanity, love, and sense of community that helps us all connect, even with the distance between us. As many other institutions, organizations, and businesses look to adapt and innovate to find ways to stay connected with their audiences, patrons, and customers, we are doing the same at the National Museum of Dance and Lewis A. Swyer School of the Arts. It may be some time before we can welcome you to our Museum and School to share the beauty and power of the art of dance, however, our team will be exploring ways over the next few months to engage with all of you until that time comes.
Prior to the impact of COVID-19 we were excited and in the process of planning some amazing events, exhibitions, and community-based programming to offer this spring, summer, and fall. During this pause we have had the unfortunate responsibility to review our plans and make necessary changes or cancellations to ensure public health. It is with great regret that due to the unprecedented global health crisis, we have decided to cancel the National Museum of Dance Square Dance! Gala scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020. The cancellation of the Gala, our most important fundraiser of the year, will have a substantial impact on our financial stability. However, we strongly believe this decision is in the best interest of our community’s health and well-being.
In lieu of the Square Dance! Gala, we will be hosting a Virtual Gala as a way for our friends and patrons to support the Museum at this highly uncertain time. We are asking you to consider a donation for our Virtual Gala at the same level you would have contributed for our Square Dance! Gala. Your gift to the Virtual Gala is 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law. To make a donation, please visit our 2020 Virtual Gala page here.
On the evening of Saturday, August 8, 2020 I will send Virtual Gala sponsors a link via email with a special video message of gratitude as well as Museum highlights from the past year.
We need your help now more than ever and thank you for your support of the National Museum of Dance and Lewis A. Swyer School of the Arts at this very critical moment. We will reach out with information via email as well as our social media platforms to keep everyone informed. Take time to relax while social distancing and be ready to come back and dance with us! Stay safe and stay well.
Michele Riggi President and Director National Museum of Dance