FRAMINGHAM – Amazing Things Arts Center in downtown Framingham is struggling to stay alive, and needs the public’s help in the way of donations to survive, the director said this morning.
On Wednesday, March 10, ātac (Amazing Things Arts Center) made the tough call to cancel upcoming events in light of the current state of emergency regarding COVID-19, choosing to lead an effort to protect the most vulnerable among us.
“This decision is not without consequences for the future of the organization. I will cut right to the chase: ātac is facing an immediate and permanent closure if we are unable to cover the loss of revenue from canceled shows and rentals,” wrote Jannelle Codianni, Executive Director in an email this morning.
“There is never a good time for an emergency, but this timing is especially heartbreaking. We were just preparing to reach out to our members and donors with details about ātac’s bright future to ask for your support in making our plans a reality.,” wrote the executive director.
“The board and staff are working on a development plan that will allow us to adequately fund programs, staffing, and prepare for emergencies like the one we are facing today,” wrote Codianni.
“A week ago, we needed $43,000 by June, and we were more than halfway there. We were preparing a capacity-building matching campaign to put us firmly in our next chapter,” wrote Codianni. “However, the immediate loss of income because of the COVID-19 situation has doubled what our organization needs overnight. The prospect of having to cancel the rest of our program season creates a crisis we simply cannot survive. “
“This will allow us to continue bringing you live music, art exhibitions, and events that create our community,” wrote the executive director.