Your support enables us to embark on The Grand’s new chapter as a centre of creativity and community in the heart of Calgary. This is a space for people to gather, create, and converse. We are committed to offering an accessible, welcoming, and respectful space to all who come through our storied doors. The Grand has historically benefitted from incredible public, private and community support, having been saved from demolition and transformed into the inspiring and unique space it is today. We remain deeply thankful to the individuals and corporations that helped to save The Grand and to all those who support us going forward.
To ensure The GRAND’s marquee lit and doors can re-open, we need to raise $20,000 by May 1, 2020.
On Thursday March 12th there was a collective gasp around our team at The GRAND. The financial impact of the social distance measures for the COVID-19 pandemic hit home. Like almost every other business in the hospitality, events, entertainment and arts sectors in Canada, in two short hours, we watched our next ninety days or more of arts and cultural programming cancel, and with that, the event and arts rental revenue evaporated.
As the concern surrounding the virus rose, we took the position immediately that the health and safety of our staff, resident theatre companies, tenants, volunteers, guests and their families was our highest priority. The tough decision was made to close the entire facility and temporarily layoff our team until further notice.
The devastating impact of social distancing, which is clearly the only way to flatten the curve, on our operating revenue now leaves The GRAND, along all its fellow arts organizations, artists, freelancers, performers, technicians, musicians and thousands of other highly skilled workers with incredible challenges in planning a future when this situation passes.
WE AT THE GRAND NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE WE CAN REOPEN OUR DOORS WHEN NORMAL LIFE RESUMES.
The COVID 19 crisis threatens the entire arts community for which this theatre exists. We are hoping that dreamers, thinkers and makers across our City will join us for this significant fundraising campaign.
100% of your donation will fund our ability to support the arts community when the crisis is over, keeping this beautiful building and its culture thriving.
In order to ensure The GRAND’s marquee lit and doors are reopened at the end of this, we need to raise $20,000 by May 1, 2020.
No donation is too small, whether you can donate $10 or $1000, everything helps.
Thank you so much for your support to The GRAND’s enduring purpose.
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