Dear Friends, March 19, 2020
On behalf of Collaboraction’s Staff, Company Members and Board of Directors, we want you to know that we are with you, as we all reconfigure our lives and perspectives from the intrusion of COVID-19. Please accept this letter as our promise of solidarity to heal and cultivate a constellation of hope with all of us in Chicago who stand for equity, inclusion, justice, and well-being in our beloved city.
To combat the spread of the virus, we made the difficult decision to take the important but painful step of temporarily ceasing all Collaboraction live performance activities until further notice. We have closed our offices, theater venues, and After-School Matters program with all staff working remotely as they shelter in place. We have postponed our Spring Soiree fundraiser (TBD) and our world premiere of RED ISLAND at Kennedy-King College until next season.
Through all of this, you can still count on Collaboraction to continue to serve our community to incite social change through authentic voices and Crucial Conversation. We will utilize our open-sourced submission practices and large, diverse network to cultivate new work and find new avenues of online distribution. As a response to the pandemic, we are proud to announce two online calls for submissions through collaboraction.org:
Together - a new digital series cultivating submissions of video, writing, and photos, visual art around the theme of “solidarity through solitude” as a response to the COVID - 19 pandemic
The Light Video Festival - video of 7 minutes or less created by artists 21 and under to be screened as a part of The Light Festival, July 16 - 19 2020 at Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
*stay tuned for upcoming announcements with further details about how to submit
Like others, the loss of fundraising and operational revenue is taking a toll on our financial position and ability to serve. As people turn to artists to help shed light and love on our past, present and future, please consider making a donation to collaboraction to support our staff, artists and ongoing operations and programming at https://www.collaboraction.org/donate
Love and Gratitude,
Anthony Moseley Dr. Marcus Robinson
Artistic Director Executive Director