April 10, 2020

letter from the executive director

Dear Friends,

As with most everyone else, I am feeling a sense of dislocation and isolation as a result of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic events of the last few weeks. So, I wanted to reach out to Access Virginia’s friends and supporters. I hope you are taking care of yourselves in this time of unprecedented lifestyle change.  However, there is a glimmer of hope in the news reports this week.

As you know, all performance venues in Hampton Roads are closed. As of now, Broadway shows have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. We nonprofits who provide services to the arts are grappling with how to stay afloat financially until the performance ban is lifted.

Lights out at the venues means we have lost one of the things we love about Hampton Roads, our vibrant arts culture and live performances, which we rely on to enlighten us, connect us and comfort us.

Despite the doors to venues being closed and our administrative office being closed, we are still semi-operating via remote operations.  Our Board of Directors and staff are working from home, and I can be reached easily via email at accessvirginia@gmail.com.   As the theater gives me updated information, I will alert you by newsletter and update our website calendar when shows have been rescheduled.  Please check periodically at accessvirginia.info.

As we look to the future, Access Virginia, is grappling with the enormous uncertainty of unanswered questions: when will the theatres reopen; how many shows will be rescheduled, and what impact will this pandemic have on the arts community and Broadway?

The good news is, I’m certain theatres will reopen! When we rise from the ashes of the disruption and negative economic and social impact COVID-19 has brought, we will want to be lifted, revived and reconnected with each other by attending arts performances. And the theaters will be needing its audiences to return.  When that happens, Access Virginia will be there to provide our accommodation services!  As well, we will reschedule our Accessibility Programs!

If you have the means, please consider supporting Access Virginia as we weather this storm. And thank you for your dedication to supporting us and the arts. We will continue to be there for you!

Lois Boyle,

Executive Director