Support & Sustain

WHERE THE ARTS COME ALIVE!

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What was money given to the Act 2 Fund used for?  
Donations made to the Act 2 Fund were used to directly address financial needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • creating and executing new virtual programs to keep the arts alive in our community
  • addressing the the fixed costs of maintaining the building and making upgrades for health and safety to prepare for reopening
  • beginning to replenish the funds used in the emergency shutdown to help ensure future financial health of the organization
  • supporting the cost of the time and technology needed to share arts opportunities virtually, in addition to artists fees for performances and workshops
  • retaining a limited but experienced staff to deliver the Center’s mission virtually, maintain day to day operations, plan for reopening and ensure a diverse program schedule to welcome back patrons from all over northeast Wisconsin
In addition to freezing new spending and closing the building to cut energy, cleaning and other costs, we renegotiated contracts, pushed budgeted capital projects to future fiscal years and transitioned the workforce.


What did you do while the Center was closed?  
We continued to provide opportunities to educate and engage audiences through the arts by delivering our mission virtually:
  • offered free opportunities for students and educators through the Amcor Education Series
  • created free Community First Community Engagement Series activities that engaged, educated and inspired the community through critical conversations, interactive experiences and virtual touchpoints
  • celebrated the 5th year of the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program with virtual workshops, networking opportunities, the annual Showcase and having students at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards/Jimmy Awards
  • created digital opportunities for those who follow the Center on social media, Annual Partners, educators and the community
  • focused on cutting costs to remain fiscally responsible
  • prepared the facility to safely welcome the community back



What about the other fundraising campaigns like Annual Partner and Keystone?  
While the Act 2 Fund specifically addressed COVID-19 related expenses, these campaigns support different aspects of the Center’s mission:
  • Annual Partner Campaign supports Center-subsidized programming including programming for students, educators and the community, and community use of the facility. During intermission, many of these programs have been virtual and free thanks to Annual Partner support.
  • Keystone Fund supports long-term financial stability through multi-year pledges, cash gifts, legacy gifts or donations to memorialize loved ones. The Keystone Fund has been critical in ensuring the Center’s financial footing during this unexpected intermission.
Supporting one of more of these campaigns helps to diversify the ways the Center can bring the arts to life. Learn more about which may be best for you by contacting a member of the development team today at giving@foxcitiespac.com.


I’m a Season Ticket Holder, wasn't my investment in tickets enough to support the Center?  
Thank you for being a Season Ticket Holder! Your commitment to the Center supports our organization by helping to make us a premier destination for some of the most sought-after touring artists. While a majority of your ticket cost goes to those making and presenting the art, a small percentage does support your Fox Cities P.A.C. During this difficult time and after 18 months with no performances, additional financial support was needed.


What happened to all of the annual donations made in the 2019-20 Season and 2020-21 Season?  
Although the 2019-20 Season was interrupted, almost all of the programs subsidized by Annual Partner donations did occur and only a few Community Engagement activities were canceled or transitioned to virtual opportunities. Although the entire 2020-21 Season was virtual, funding was still needed for basic operations and to deliver our mission virtually as the Center had no other income sources. We are grateful for the commitment of our Annual Partners who trusted that we were excellent stewards of our resources.

   



 
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