Dear Friends of Arts at the Armory,

During the past year, the challenges faced in our city, state, country and the world have been unprecedented. At the Center for Arts at the Armory we too have been deeply challenged and yet, with support like yours, we have persevered through the pandemic. After a period of minimal event activity in our Hall or Café, we began a gradual return to events in May.
As we continue our ramp-up to pre-pandemic levels of event activity and beyond, we are thinking of this period as a time of rebirth and renewal. We have used this time to reflect, and look inward and outward to understand how we can better serve our community, and create a sustainable organization in the process. We are rebuilding our team, rebooting our business plan, and improving our spaces. It’s a work in progress but there is a spirit and energy of possibility afoot that is driving our momentum. In more concrete terms, here are some of our accomplishments over the past year: 
  • We held 37 classes, 32 events, 25 markets, 24 rehearsals, 12 blood drives, 9 recordings and 3 grocery distributions in our Performance Hall, and 15 outdoor events
  • We held 65 free arts, cultural and community events in our Cafe, including 10 visual arts exhibitions with 16 artists
  • We held 15 “pandemic-style” Somerville Winter Farmer Markets (SWFM) January - April, and launched the 12th annual SWFM season on Dec. 4
  • We supported many small businesses through ROOTED Armory Cafe & Farmstand, the SWFM, and other markets
  • We launched the Performance Opportunity Program (POP), which provides opportunities to artists and community members to host an event in the Performance Hall on off-peak nights at a deeply discounted rate
  • We renovated our “B5” room in the basement for use as an internal meeting space, a green room, and for rentals as a meeting, classroom and rehearsal space
  • We started on grant-funded Capital Enhancement Planning for the Armory Performance Hall 
  • We secured a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) from the SBA and other COVID-relief funds to stay viable in the absence of event-related revenue.
Looking ahead, I am optimistic and excited about Arts at the Armory’s future. To realize the full potential of our rebirth, we are asking for your support. Thank you in advance for giving as generously as you can. Our year-end campaign goal is $20,000. Your contribution is essential to renewing the magical space for arts, culture and community that we all know and love. 

With our sincere gratitude,

Stephanie Scherpf
Executive Director
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