This year has been tough. Tougher than we could have ever imagined, especially after kicking it off with an incredible three week run of Hamilton. We are so grateful for the support this community has given and for everyone that has stayed with us throughout this challenging time. As we’ve learned to pivot, Nashville has pivoted with us, as we strive to fulfill our mission. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and below are just a few of the many, many reasons we are thankful this year.
1. Our first responders and frontline workers who selflessly risk their health to ensure others are safe and cared for. You are the true heroes of 2020.
2. The countless teachers who are engaging students with creativity, flexibility, and persistence. Your resilience during this difficult year is inspiring, and we are proud to support you.
3. Our Board of Directors who continue to provide invaluable leadership and guidance through the longest programming intermission in TPAC’s 40-year history.
4. Broadway Season Ticket Holders who kept their season packages or donated the value of their seats as shows were postponed and rescheduled. We will not forget your generosity.
5. More than 1,300 donors from 24 states who support our ongoing virtual programming, sustain our mission, and fuel our recovery.
6. Our community of corporate sponsors and partners whose steadfast commitment allows us to provide thousands of students and teachers with virtual arts access.
7. TPAC teaching artists who found creative ways to bring the arts to students and families learning at home. From Zoom workshops to virtual lessons in schools, you continue to inspire and engage students across Tennessee.
8. Our fantastic Resident Companies who are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. We are in awe of Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre’s incredible work to engage audiences and deliver new arts experiences for our community.
9. Legislators, organizations, and individuals supporting COVID-19 relief like the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act. While our industry remains closed, targeted relief for businesses, venues, and artists is desperately needed.
10. Tennesseans who stay home when they can, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. The curtain cannot rise again unless we all do our part.
We hope you all enjoy Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a token of our appreciation this holiday season. Thank YOU for keeping the arts alive in Middle Tennessee!