As the saying goes, “The show must go on!”, and on it goes here at Downstage Arts. We’ll admit that beginning our journey amidst a pandemic is not what we had in mind, but we are thankful to be able to continue the work safely. Our Teen Cohort is in full swing (we’ll share more on that in the next post), and we are currently working “behind the scenes" on our fundraising goals. Most of all, the gravitas of this moment in our shared cultural history has clarified the deep need for the arts, and DSA welcomes the challenge of bringing the arts to the people who need it most. Our organization continues finding more deserving communities whom we can serve, and we can't wait to share our progress when the time comes.
Also, our art forms have evolved and grown in directions that we didn’t know were possible in the digital age. We face an extra set of challenges, but despite the unexpected obstacles, we are still creating beautiful important art. It might look and feel different, yet we are prouder than ever. What keeps us centered during the chaos? The answer is in DSA's mission: to give access to the performing arts and performing arts education to all people. We anchor ourselves around our mission and let its spotlight shine on the work, no matter how different it may be.
“The show must go on!” is declared in the frantic moments where our story on the stage is not going as planned—for example, when someone drops a line, a crash is heard backstage, the lights suddenly go dark, the mics stop working, or the curtain draws too early. These imperfect moments remind us what is most valuable: connecting to our stories and to those around us.
We are filled with eager anticipation, to see where our journey leads us as we continue the work—and therefore, the show.