Notes of Gratitude is presented by
2020 has been a unique and challenging year for many, especially in the Arts community. KMFA asked some of our partners to share what they continue to be grateful for during these times.
Here's what they had to say:
Alex Alford, Managing Director at Austin Shakespeare
"It has been an insane year so I am especially thankful that we are still able to produce theatre during the challenging circumstances of the viral pandemic."
Consider making a gift to Austin Shakespeare here.
Dr. Daniel Arredondo II, Artistic Director of the Austin Gay Men's Chorus
"I'm grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm of our chorus members. We're all looking to the future when we can perform again but right now thanks to that dedication we're creating videos that raise our voices in song to change minds, transform lives, and to build community."
Consider making a gift to Austin Gay Men's Chorus here.
Maestro Peter Bay, Austin Symphony Orchestra Music Director
"I am so grateful for the ability to still come together with our talented musicians and guest artists and perform virtual concerts for our supporters, both locally and around the world."
Consider making a gift to Austin Symphony Orchestra here.
Annie Burridge, General Director & CEO at Austin Opera
"I'm grateful for the boundless resilience of the artistic community here in Austin in finding ways to continue making art and music despite so many challenges. I am inspired every day by the creativity and commitment of our artists and artistic administrators. The generosity of the Austin community in welcoming our art to unconventional venues and mediums gives me great confidence in the bright future for the classical arts here in Austin."
Consider making a gift to Austin Opera here.
Bob Bursey, Executive Director at Texas Performing Arts at UT Austin
"I'm grateful for everyone who has continued to support artists and arts organizations this year. Thank you."
Consider making a gift to Texas Performing Arts at UT Austin here.
"I am so grateful for my fellow music teachers out there. You keep rising to new challenges every day and you continue to inspire with courage, beauty, and passion. Thank you so much and thank you to KMFA for connecting us all."
Consider making a gift to Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA) here.
Consider making a gift to Armstrong Community Music School here.
Matt Hinsley, Executive Director at Austin Classical Guitar
"I am grateful for all the friendships that have developed in my life because of music."
Consider making a gift to Austin Classical Guitar here.
Dave Steakley, Producing Artistic Director at ZACH Theatre
"I am grateful for perfect fall evenings listening to live music outdoors on our plaza."
Consider making a gift to ZACH Theatre here.
We want to hear from you! Send us a short note and photo to NotesOfGratitude@kmfa.org so we can share your stories on our website and social media channels.
Here are some notes from some of the listeners we've heard from:
From Tony Morris, Executive Director at Classical Guitar Alive
"Classical Guitar Alive's Music In Medicine program is grateful that we've been able to continue to serve during the pandemic and play music for patients nearing the end of life, and for their visitors, and staff. Although quarantine restrictions prevent us from entering healthcare facilities, we now serve by playing directly outside patient rooms, and play at Hospice Austin's Christopher House three days each week."
Consider making a gift to Classical Guitar Alive here.
Doug Spaeth, massage therapist at Dimensions Massage Therapy
"I want to say how grateful I am for the continued support of our Austin clients during these challenging times. Have a safe and happy holiday!"
Jake Billingsley, KMFA Listener
"I'm grateful for a used Mexican Classical Guitar crafted by M. Martell which I bought in 1965 from the J.R. Reed Music Company on Congress Avenue. It has kept me connected with the inspiration of the Muse through good times and hard times as well, briniging me boundless comfort and joy."
Clara Brill, Program Director at Mother Falcon Music Lab
"I am so grateful to be part of a community of creatives who view change and challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation."
Consider making a gift to Mother Falcon Music Lab here.
Generosity is the heart of our community. I Live Here I Give Here is asking you to be a force for good in Austin by giving of your time, talent, and resources. Donate to the local Arts community this Giving Tuesday (December 1) at AmplifyATX.org.
KMFA is grateful for our generous supporters. If KMFA is playing an important role in your life currently and you are able to donate, please do so today.