We hope you will support Open Sky’s efforts to foster creativity and joy during these challenging times through the virtual activities of our art and culture subsidiary, ValleyCAST.
ValleyCAST, is dedicated to providing inclusive art and music activities that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy together. When the pandemic hit, we were faced with a daunting challenge – how to continue to engage community members when we couldn’t come together? And, how could we continue to support local artists and performers whose livelihoods were being threatened?
Moving our inclusive programming to all virtual platforms has been an exciting learning experience with unexpected benefits. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing people from near and far (and we do mean far, as in New Zealand!) tune in to enjoy our efforts.
From the first ever online voting for our ever popular Annual Art Palette Contest in the spring, to a 10-week Free Summer Concert Series on Facebook Live for individuals and families to enjoy from the safety of their own homes (while providing income for the band members), we were so pleased by how many people chose to participate. Another crowd pleaser were our weekly Art Prompts to inspire creativity on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
And now we are working on an epic winter Art & Music Makers Festival with over 30 videos of talented musicians and artists sharing music, art, art studio tours, and art demonstrations; which we will share with you on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube during December and January.
You have our pledge to keep bringing you these and other art and music events in the coming months, as we continue to navigate this new normal together. All we need is your pledge to help support this effort!
Please continue to stay safe, creative and joyful!
Director of Community Outreach
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