May 20, 2020
On March 14 we closed our campus, hoping we’d be up and running again by early May. Obviously this devastating pandemic has affected all of us deeply and for longer than expected, but we hold great hope for the future and this summer. As you may know, the Capital Region has now been approved to enter Phase One of the state’s re-opening plans. The arts, education, and recreation are listed in Phase 4, which means if all things go well we could be fully open and operational as of July 1. We will continue to update this page with the latest news.
We will rise together!
We are now planning our summer programs and performances to begin on Monday, July 13, to allow for plenty of set up time for our new safety protocols. We will be curtailing the number of weeks of programs offered, as well the number of students to be included AND the prices of our programs to suit the moment we find ourselves in. We plan to launch the marketing for these programs, with detailed info on what’s being offered, by the beginning of June. We do plan to offer Children’s Theater, Youth Theater, Teen Theater, mini Chamber Music concerts, an outdoor Shakespeare on the lawn, and classes in dance, tai ji, etc. Performances will be for outdoor and/or smaller audiences and all activities will include the implementation of our new safety protocols.
New Safety Protocols
We are implementing new safety protocols in all of our programs. You can read these detailed protocols by clicking here.
Hubbard Hall Featured in the Times Union
On May 19, the Albany Times Union featured Hubbard Hall and our important role in this moment. Click here to read Amy Biancolli’s great article about the enduring nature of art, community, and Hubbard Hall here in Cambridge.
Serving You and Staying Relevant
While we have not been able to re-open our campus yet, we’ve been working hard to keep you engaged through the following activities:
- The launch of The Hub, Hubbard Hall’s online activity program, which you can check out by clicking here or going to thedavidsnider.com
- Streaming of recent performances from Hubbard Hall, including theater, opera, music and residency workshops.
- Working to generate new performances for streaming in June and throughout the summer.
- Filling our community with art wherever we can, with chalk drawings throughout our community.
- Op-Eds in the Times Union, Bennington Banner and Berkshire Eagle, which you can read on the Media page of thedavidsnider.com
How is Hubbard Hall doing?
I’m asked this continually by caring community members. Part of this question contains another question: how are we doing financially? For now, until July 1, we’re okay. We’ve gained help from the Payroll Protection Program and the SBA Disaster Relief. We’ve also received amazing support from individual donors throughout our community. We are deeply grateful.
Once July 1 arrives, we are in our new budget reality, with a potential of up to 40% cuts to our budget. We expect attendance and donations to be down for the next two years. We expect funds to be less and less available, at the state, local, and federal levels. We expect a new reality to settle in. So we do desperately need your help in order to continue to serve the students, artists, and audiences who have come to rely on us. As we have told our local schools, we will not abandon our students. We cannot allow this pandemic to remove the arts from their lives – or from anyone’s lives. We will find new ways to make art and community happen. In some ways, we are very lucky. We are a tiny organization by comparison to some and we can work nimbly – and cheaply – when need be. But we do need a certain amount of core support, in order to ensure the facilities, staff, and programming don’t degrade entirely. We hope we can rely on you to help. We promise you can rely on us.
Help Us Survive COVID-19
In these challenging times, we’re working hard every day to save Hubbard Hall, so we can continue to serve you, your children, and families in 2020 and beyond! We’ve had to cancel or postpone events, suspend classes, and slash staff. Please consider helping us by mailing us a check to: Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St. Cambridge, NY 12816 or clicking here to donate.
We know money is tight for everyone right now, so we’d deeply appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks to a series of anonymous donors, your gift will now be matched and therefore double between now and July 31!
As always, please email me with any suggestions, questions or inspirations.
We will rise together!
David Andrew Snider
Executive & Artistic Director
518-677-2495, ext. 313