Harris Center for the Arts

Update from the Executive Director

June 3, 2020

Executive Director Dave Pier

Dear Friends,

Spring is the time of year when, traditionally, the Harris Center is wrapping up one season and preparing to unveil the next. It’s an unusually busy time, and an exciting one: as the details of the upcoming season fall into place, our hopes run high that the season-to-come, once revealed, will meet your every expectation.

This year, of course, knows no tradition. It was heartbreaking to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, and it's very clear the 2020-21 season will be very different.

That's not to say this spring was without its bright spots, though. I want to thank all of you who donated to support the Harris Center during the Giving Week of May 4. Donations to the Center for Giving Tuesday and Big Day of Giving were up 50% (!), which pretty much matched the pace of donations in the region, where 33,000 donors gave 65,000 gifts to local nonprofits. It's a marvelous sign for all when the generosity of the community rises in response to challenging times. (If you missed Giving Week and would like to make a donation, it's never too late. Click here, and thank you for your generosity!)

Looking ahead, it is now clear that the Harris Center will need to delay reopening until at least November, in time for the popular holiday season, or quite possibly until January 2021.

To inform our decisions, the Center continues to monitor updates from government authorities and the guidance of health experts - the safety of patrons, volunteers, staff and performers remain of paramount importance.

We will let you know more details as plans solidify. Please keep an eye on your inbox and our Facebook page.

Until then, thank you, and be safe.

Dave Pier
Executive Director
Harris Center

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