Friends & Neighbors,
We continue to push forward during these difficult times. Our community is always in our thoughts.
The economic impact of our closure is real: Last year we were forced to reduce our staff of over 60 people to just 11. Throughout this disruption, our staff has been committed and innovative. We are so grateful for their efforts and sacrifices to preserve the Englert in uncertain times. And we are saddened to forge ahead with a smaller group than we began 2020 with.
Our closure will extend through June of 2021 and remain in place until the public health situation stabilizes. In the meantime, we talk with artists, managers, and our arts industry colleagues on a regular basis as we assess the future of this work.
We remain hopeful for the eventual return of public engagement, yet we also embrace the possibilities of cultural experiences in new forms. In January, we announced our 2021 Digital Season, which includes performances, podcasts, and other virtual engagements with artists and community members. In April, we began announcing in-person events that will take place in late fall 2021. While we’re currently selling tickets to these events, we will continue to monitor the health situation and make decisions with recommendations from state and local health agencies. At this time, the Englert does not have an official opening date.
We also completely redesigned our Friends of the Englert program to give special perks to our generous donors who have supported us in this difficult time.
In the midst of the current challenges, our existence is driven by the balance of these core goals:
- Preserving our organization and Iowa City’s last historic theater,
- Supporting our remaining staff to the best of our abilities, and
- Delivering our mission to inspire and activate positive community growth through the arts.
How To Help
What can you do? We invite you to join us for our Digital Season 2021 as a patron or a sponsor. In doing so, you will support the Englert’s mission and staff, local and national artists, and the cultural soul of our community. Financial commitments are important and spreading the positive word is just as crucial.
We are inspired by our community’s voices. Drop us a line and let us know how you are doing. Send any questions, recommendations, or reflections to firstname.lastname@example.org.