COVID-19 Update

Aloha MAPA Friends and Families,

We hope you and your family are all healthy and you’re navigating these difficult times as best you can. We want to bring you up to date with MAPA’s plans for moving forward.

After spending the first three months of the pandemic securing resources through the CARES Act to stabilize the organization financially, we turned to a detailed assessment of our mission and our programs. The demands and uncertainties of this new world have required us to look long and hard at the scope of our programming. We’ve painstakingly analyzed our programs from multiple perspectives — mission, finances, health and safety.

We’ve determined it will take creative, thoughtful, innovative strategies for us to survive. And that leads us to rethink what’s essential, reimagine what’s possible and reshape our purpose in the community. This process has brought us face-to-face with some difficult choices about re-scaling our programs to manage our resources effectively and ensure the long-term survival of the organization.

The Board of Directors and staff have made the following decisions regarding MAPA’s re-opening this fall:

ACADEMY CLASSES & CAMPS. Amid the uncertainties of how the pandemic will continue to progress in the coming weeks and months, we’ve made the difficult decision not to offer fall academy classes and camps at this time. Two factors played into this decision: the current spike in coronavirus cases and the results of the family survey.

The survey revealed that MAPA families are still deeply divided about whether classes — in-person and virtual — should proceed this fall. Without a clear consensus from our families on safety protocols or class formats, we found it impossible to structure the program in a way that meets the needs of the participants and at the same time guarantees the safety of our students, teachers and families. We want to thank everyone who filled out the survey. Your honest answers and insightful comments helped us make this tough decision.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS. We’ve been in contact with the schools and because they’re still figuring out how to provide comprehensive education that is safe for our keiki and teachers, MAPA’s school partnership programs – Voices, Arts Infusion, Take Note and the School Theatre Tour — are in a wait-and-see status.

COMMUNITY PRODUCTIONS – UNCOMMON STAGES. Enjoy live streaming theater from the best seat in the house, your own! We’re developing unique and safe ways to entertain our audiences by providing virtual live theater performed on “uncommon stages” across the island. Please stay tuned for announcements about upcoming online shows.

These are challenging days, and COVID-19 offers no easy answers. We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to move through this pandemic together.

With aloha,

Dr. Virginia Cantorna
President, Board of Directors

David C. Johnston
Executive & Artistic Director

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