A METRO ARTS MESSAGE
Art comes from the heart at Metro Arts, and because artists are central to all we do, we are reaching out during this time to offer our support.
- If you need us, we are here. These are exceptional times; however Metro Arts is focusing on maintaining our staff so they continue to serve artists and to offer our behind-the-scenes support at this time. As most of you know, Metro Arts recently sold its major asset, 109 Edward St Brisbane, and due to this prudent management of resources and ongoing Government funding, Metro Arts is in a comparatively strong position at this time given the economic challenges presented by COVID-19.
- At all times, art starts here. In the short-term, Metro Arts has donated funds to support visual and performance artists through the Artists Benevolent Fund and the Actors Benevolent Fund. We are also offering additional paid opportunities and commissions for artists to investigate and research potential projects, share creativity with the sector and create new work. Announcements and call-outs will follow in the next few weeks.
- In the future, we will be here. In this time of great uncertainty and upheaval, we are incredibly fortunate to know we will emerge to continue to support artists and the creation and presentation of new work through all of our initiatives. The Metro Arts Board and Team are committed to working responsibly with our resources to ensure sustainability in both the short and long-term. This is for the organisation, the sector, our artists and audiences. We are committed to remaining a significant player in the Australian arts sector for decades to come. With the creation of our Metro Arts Future Fund, and the support of our donors and partners, we must continue to be responsible custodians of all funds to ensure this longevity of our services and our sector.
We stand with you!
Jo, CEO + Creative Director
And all the Metro Arts Board and Team: Fiona, Moira, Daniel, James, Brian, Brad, Genevieve, Celestine, Matt, Shani, Kyle, Jenna, Christine, Yaneth and Nick.
Image: This is Pep Too! by Hailey Atkins, 2019. Image by Sarah Poulgrain.