A family in Round Rock decorated their garage and danced the night away on the night their daughter was supposed to be at her high school prom. Through the generosity of industry professionals and community donors, our friends at Austin Classical Guitar were able to purchase 100 new guitars for students at Title 1 schools who do not own instruments and haven't been able to participate in the programs since quarantine began. Joe Richmond, a local graphic designer, decided to pay tribute to six different groups of essential workers by creating beautiful chalk art on the aging fence outside his home. These are just a few examples of how everyday people are finding ways to find hope during shelter in place reality.
Above: Mural paying tribute to first responders by Joe Richmond.
KMFA has received an outpouring of wonderful notes from listeners who appreciate the station's newfound role as an oasis of calm amidst a pandemic. Our staff has been working hard behind the scenes to bring this programming to life every day. On-air staff have set up makeshift studios in their home offices, closets, and - in the case of Emilio Alvarez, even a travel trailer - to broadcast each day. Carla McElhaney, Director of Creative Learning and members of our communications and marketing team have created a new online program called Sound Ideas to help kids and families stay connected to the arts at home. Our Underwriting Consultant, Teresa Lautzenheiser, has come up with creative solutions for businesses to stay connected with consumers while helping local nonprofits. These are just a few things we are grateful for as an organization in recent weeks.
Above: KMFA host, Emilio Alvarez in his makeshift travel trailer studio.
This got us thinking. We want to hear about what you are grateful for during these uncharted times. We are launching a new program called Notes of Gratitude - and asking you to share a few sentences about an act of kindness or hope that you have either participated in or witnessed in recent weeks. We will share your stories on the air and via this page and our social media channels in the coming days.
Another thing we are grateful for at KMFA is our generous supporters. We know that many of you are unable to give right now, and that is okay. But if KMFA is playing an important role in your life currently and you are able to donate, please do so today.