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11
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to Remain Closed Through September 23; Virtual Programming Announced

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, but will be presenting a robust mix of virtual programs.

Read their statement here:

A Community Update from The Wallis

To Our Wallis Family:

We hope that, amidst the backdrop of our unusual landscape right now, you have been able to enjoy The Wallis’ many recent digital offerings over the past few weeks, such as the livestreamed performances of Romantics Anonymous from the UK and Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone from Italy as well as the virtual showcases for GRoW @ The Wallis’ Staged Stories and Beyond Words. For us at The Wallis, they have been our salve. With fall upon us, we thought it was important to update you regarding our current plans.

Last July 30, we shared with you our intended programming for the coming year, full of hope that we would be able to invite you back to our stages in some manner. But we have now determined that The Wallis will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio Theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, due to the current state of the viral pandemic, local and county health and safety regulations and significant economic sensitivities. Naturally, this is heartbreaking for all of us, but we do not foresee a viable way to make indoor live performances work safely and economically at this time.

However, our decision does not mean that The Wallis will be inactive or unimaginative while our theaters remain closed! On the contrary, we will continue to provide a robust mix of compelling virtual programs, both artistic and educational, as well as opportunities for

08
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Virtual programming a lifeline, but NJ arts remain in dire straits

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Poetry, painting, sculpture and song are emerging from one of the darkest periods in modern U.S. history.

Bucks County Courier Times

Virtual programming isn’t a Band-Aid for arts organizations anymore. It’s become a lifeline for many groups in New Jersey while theaters, museums, studios and more remain shut down due to coronavirus.

And it’s become a key component of their futures, even when it’s safe for the curtains to go up and the doors to re-open.

The good news is that virtual programming has been somewhat of a silver lining, allowing organizations to stretch their innovation, keep some employees on the payroll, continue connecting with audiences, expand their reach beyond their local communities, and, in some cases, even raise funds.

But despite the bright points, there’s no way to sugarcoat the situation as a whole. The shutdown forced by the pandemic, which began in mid-March, has decimated the arts industry in the state and around the country.

The stars will be out in Newark this fall and winter at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. (Photo: Courtesy of NJPAC)

New Jersey’s nonprofit arts institutions lost $30 million in revenue as of July, a number that has only continued to grow, according to the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

More: NJ theaters, museums have lost $30M so far due to COVID. Here’s how you can help.

New Jersey’s nonprofit arts sector is made up of more than 500 theaters, museums, galleries, performing arts centers, dance companies, symphonies and other cultural groups across the state. 

It’s not just the organizations themselves that are suffering. The ripple effect the industry has on its communities is far-reaching.

In fiscal year 2019, it pumped more than $662 million into New Jersey’s economy, including $29 million to local

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Seattle startup leaders remain optimistic despite pandemic, new GeekWire 200 CEO survey shows

A majority of top startups in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are seeing little or no impact on their businesses from the pandemic, or even a positive impact.

Most plan to hire more employees this year. And many are optimistic about the regional economy over the next 18 months.

Those are some of the takeaways from the first-ever GeekWire 200 CEO Insights survey. We polled the leaders of companies ranked on the GeekWire 200, our list of the top privately-held tech startups in the Pacific Northwest, and received nearly 50 responses. Topics included everything from the timing of bringing employees back to the physical office to whether a Trump or Biden administration would have a more positive impact on the U.S. tech and business climate.

The results, collected anonymously, provide a unique snapshot of the regional startup ecosystem and broader tech industry. Here are some of the highlights.

  • More than half of CEOs said their business has experienced little to no impact from the pandemic, or a positive impact. About a quarter said they project year-over-year revenue increases. “Seeing negative impact for some of our customers causing loss of revenue, however other sectors are thriving and driving new business opportunities for us,” one CEO said.
  • A quarter of CEOs said they aren’t comfortable sending workers to the office until a vaccine is readily available, while 10% are allowing the majority of staff in the office now. “We are productive working from home and will not put our employees or their families at risk until we can be more certain all are protected,” one CEO said. A few noted that employees only want to come into an office a few days a week, even when it is safe to do so.
  • Nearly half said there is no change in access