Support vulnerable artists and provide hope to young dancers
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created challenges all over the world. For Synapse, this means that many of our artists are still out of work, and many of our students are struggling to connect during a time of remote learning. In previous years, Synapse would support our community with funds raised from our fall fundraiser party. But because of the pandemic, this year we cannot safely hold this fundraiser and stand to lose all the income from our biggest annual fundraising event. Despite this situation, our drive to support artists and students stays the same. That’s why we need your help to complete our goal of $5,000 for our Pandemic Artist Support Campaign.
Throughout the pandemic, we are continuing to provide online dance resources to students, pay our teaching artists and staff, and pay artists an equitable wage for their work. Thanks to our initial supporters, including the anonymous donor who matched our first $1500, we have already been able to support our community this spring. Synapse hosted two spring events with 14 virtual classes and performances, provided over $3,000 to artists and teachers, and created multiple printed and video resources for students.
Here’s how we’re supporting our artists, teaching artists, and students this fall:
- Crosswalk Dances: 15 artists all across the country are producing these popular public performances from September 17th through October 14th. Artists will be doing live dances and posting clips from their performances on Instagram and Facebook.
- Fall Classes: Students from Loyola Park, Berger Park, and beyond can continue taking classes with us online with our fall session of virtual classes. Classes for ages 8-11 years include beginning and intermediate ballet and our first ever hip hop class.
As Synapse continues to adapt this fall, some things stay the same: our commitment to artists and our community. The funds raised in this campaign go directly towards paying the artists responsible for Crosswalk Dances and the teaching artists providing fall classes to our students. For a community organization like Synapse, gifts of all sizes can have a big impact. Plus, thanks to the recent stimulus package, you can deduct up to $300 of charitable donations for 2020 even if you don’t itemize your taxes!
In this time of uncertainty, we are all looking to the arts to provide hope. Dance will keep us together because it will give us the joy we need to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Your gift turns minor relief into sustained support that will carry our community through this crisis. Donate today! Thank you for supporting vulnerable artists and young dancers.