COVID-9 has brutally affected many around the world. BBB4E is no exception. With mandatory closing of schools and businesses, all spring and summer classes, performances, and events had to be canceled. This continued throughout the year with classes moving virtually. Despite best efforts through moving to virtual classes and pursuing grants, the loss of revenue remains. BBB4E stands for Books, Brushes and Bands for Education.
Their education model focuses on 25-100 students to be able to enroll in their various classes during an academic year. Under COVID and virtual learning, they have had to drastically reduce class sizes and put off some classes until they can meet again in person.
Canceling programs, refunding and reducing tuition fees, renegotiating contracts, switching teaching staff to a virtual format, and moving staff to home-office environments resulted in considerable administrative costs and little economic relief. Virtual performances do not offer the unique opportunities provided by the live stage, but they wanted to keep their students engaged and continue their mission of offering them an artistic haven in which to grow and learn.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, BBB4E is working harder than ever to find opportunities to keep their students engaged and share the arts with their community. Forging these new paths takes time and resources that will be well worth the investment.
As they celebrate 20 years and continue to innovate and inspire, they need your support to continue to open doors.
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