Steven’s recent column about the value of the arts to America

Please enjoy My latest blog about the value of the arts to America.

Conducting Electricity: Arts organizations are a good community investment

We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and the sheer magnitude of the lives affected by COVID-19 is hard to fathom. As we all know, great news has arrived with the approval of several vaccines and thus we know there is light at the end of the tunnel, provided that enough people receive both doses of the vaccine.

What does all of this mean for the arts in general, and your Jacksonville Symphony in particular? Thanks to the creation and implementation of a robust and very strict physically distanced safety policy, we were able to open in September and since then have performed to more than 10,000 patrons through 28 concerts – a wonderful accomplishment. The Jacksonville Symphony is one of only a handful of arts organizations still performing before a live audience. But, because we can only perform to 35 percent of our capacity, we will lose over $2 million in ticket sales this season, and that gap must be made up with extraordinary gifts.

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