A Message from the Board
Dear FYACS Community,
We hope you and your families are healthy and safe. Just a few months ago, no one could have anticipated the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. So many of you have reached out to FYACS to express your concerns about the welfare of our nascent non-profit. For your generosity, patience, and flexibility, we are truly grateful.
Our top priority is to protect the health of our community—you, your families, our staff and facilitators, as well as the many artists and writers who have made the Big Yellow House their home away from home over the past six months.
Physical distancing has interrupted classes and inconvenienced many of you. It has prevented our staff and facilitators from doing what they love—working side-by-side with their students to create art. Yet maintaining physical distance is what is required for the time being to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
While life has changed, our commitment to “building creative community” has not. Here are some of the ways we continue to address the needs of our community during this unprecedented time:
- We’ve provided take home kits and creative assignments for students whose classes were disrupted by the pandemic.
- We continue to post daily creative challenges on Facebook and Instagram to help families fill long, unstructured days.
- We’ve partnered with Riverside Community Care to bring a virtual (online) creative experience to a community who needs it most.
- We’ve launched a series of online Zoom classes in visual arts and writing for children, teens, and adults.
Many of you have asked how you can support FYACS.
We have applied for federal assistance and economic disaster relief programs. While we await a response for aid, we must compensate our staff and pay our bills. If you are financially able, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. You can also donate specifically to our Arts for All Scholarship Program, which provides tuition relief for families who need it.
The staff at FYACS are creative thinkers. They are thinking of ways to be creative together…safely.
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Above all, we want you to know how much we appreciate all of you—our supporters—who share our commitment to building a creative community in Melrose that’s open to all.
Kris Rodolico, Sara Reish Desmond, Martha Grover, Adam LaFrance, Sue Dragoo Lembo, Elizabeth Christopher, and Alaine Breen