Throughout our 34-year history, JMBT has received the public and private support that has enabled us to dedicate our energies to healing and strengthening communities. Now, as we work to adapt to the new patterns of an unexpected pandemic, we must turn to you to help us prepare for the next stage of our work: the re-opening of our doors, post-COVID-19.
In keeping with recommendations from government and health authorities, by March 13, JMBT had laid off its administrative staff, teachers and pianists. The doors to both its Cambridge and Dorchester facilities were closed. Sixteen events have officially been cancelled including the Dance Saturdays series and five related Arts Exhibitions, affecting scores of artists of diverse dance forms in nine partnering communities. JMBT has also had to cancel its school’s annual Young Dancers Repertory Concert and Year-End Demonstration, affecting over 300 young dancers and their families.
Our social and financial losses have been tremendous.
JMBT’s leadership team and Board of Directors have reached out to all of our constituents to offer the encouragement we all need during times like these and to support the moral imperative we all share: to restore the level of cultural activity that is critical to the enduring spirit, fortitude and resilience of our civil society.
We ask that you support an ever-so-important part of Greater Boston’s cultural eco-system by making a gift today to José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Emergency Fund. We are here for you now and plan to be here for you tomorrow, so we want to know we can count on you to invest with us in our community’s future.
Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity.