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Executive Director's Membership Welcome

Dear Patrons,

This year we are celebrating 30 YEARS of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is quite an auspicious moment to be celebrating and sharing a remarkable milestone birthday, when the business of gathering friends and family in the theatre is under threat. I say auspicious, as we will not let this pandemic define our celebrations. Yes, the world as we know it is different, but we have the power and ability as humans to adapt and prosper; often in times of conflict and hardship, great success and empowerment prevail.

That is how we are approaching this season, through the challenges and differences. We will still be presenting high caliber artistic experiences that honor our mission to create dynamic and inclusive performing arts experiences that inspire intellectual curiosity, broaden perspectives, and transform the way we see the world and how we interact with one another.

On behalf of Fairfield University and the Quick Center, a heartfelt thank you to all our Members who have supported and encouraged the work we do. Through your continued generosity we have ensured sustained growth over these 30 years. Membership support is a vital cornerstone of performing arts venues. On average, ticket sales account for 30 percent of our overall revenue, and we turn to sponsors and patrons to enhance our revenue portfolio and help drive annual sustainability. In this current moment, as we diversify into a digital platform, the challenge is real, as the market has yet to develop workable revenue models for this new theatrical digital landscape, especially one streamed into our homes. These challenges make this 30-year celebratory membership campaign one of our most important. We ask you to help support the work we do through generously selecting the membership level that works for you. You may notice that we have kept some in-person benefits as part of this campaign – this is our commitment to provide those benefits as soon as we can share in the live in-person experience again at the Quick.

Promising an action-packed fall season, the Quick is bringing you more than 50 virtual programs and events, and even some in-person live events off-campus, that span collaborations with over 10 local organizations and University departments and feature some of the most exciting voices in America today. To give you just a taste of what’s to come:

  • Acclaimed CBS personality Peggy Noonan will deliver the Bank of America Women and Leadership Series Open VISIONS Forum lecture.
  • For Election 2020 highlights, join Joy Reid and Ana Navarro for a spirited pre-election political debate.
  • For health and science, we have Gina Kolota looking at “The Future of Health Care After Covid-19” and Monna Hanna Attisha talking “Health and Medicine Now.”
  • Orin Grossman returns with virtual and in-person concerts.
  • Our University collaborations include Harriet Senie looking at “Memorials Today: New Subjects, New Forms, and the Public Process,” presented in collaboration with the Fairfield University Art Museum, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences and GLLG three-day virtual summit “Leadership in the Age of Personalization,” the Humanities Institute’s “Hindsight 2020 Series,” and the Innovation Lab.
  • And of course, The Met: Live in HD and National Theatre Live will soon return to screens, promising to provide robust, unique, and innovative engagement for all audiences, on- and off-campus.

Your Membership support will ensure we can provide all of this programming free-of-charge to our community.

Become a Member today and get your exclusive invite to attend our virtual 30th Anniversary Season Announcement Party on Tuesday, September 8 at 6 p.m. You will enjoy first access to hear about the entire season from our team, hear about the special perks of Membership, and enjoy some special treats!

Thank you for being a part of this special celebration year at the Quick. The rest is in your hands. Join us and become a valued Member of the Quick family! Your support means a great deal to us and enables the arts to thrive in our community.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

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Peter Van Heerden
Executive Director
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

End-of-Season Message from the Executive Director

Dear Members and Patrons of the Quick,

This is a complicated and hard email to write to you.

Under normal circumstances, we would have shared a cocktail at our season launch party as we presented our new 2020-21 season to you. Our membership campaign would be in full swing and a crisp new season brochure would be landing in your mailbox shortly. Alas nothing in this current moment feels normal. The world is wrapped in a pandemic that continues to disrupt our daily lives and curtail us from living a normal life. Issues of diversity and inclusion have burst to the surface and are forcing us all to take note and re-direct our gaze, #BlackLivesMatter.

The unpredictability and fluidity of this moment feels unprecedented in my experience on this planet. We as humans do however have the innate ability to adapt, fight, and process what needs to be done to move on. We have the power to analyze and work towards change. Let’s hope that nations pay attention to this moment and find pause and reflection, and find cause for adaption and change before moving on.

At the Quick, we have worked to remain on-course and keep the relevance and importance of the arts accessible, engaging and presentable to you. Our pivot to virtual “quick sessions” provided more than 52 sessions with 14 experts for a connection with some 39,000 people — proof to us that you are there and listening. Thank you for your support through the launch of these sessions. We continue our work this summer on our new podcast collaboration with the Westport Library and we will continue to share more quick sessions as they become available, so please keep up-to-date by checking our emails and visiting www.thequicklive.com.

So, what of fall 2020 and our new season? Sadly at this stage and in this evolving moment, we are unable to program an in-person season for the fall of 2020. The safety and security of our students, staff and you — our Patrons — is of the utmost importance. As we look to the CDC and State of Connecticut guidelines, we will have to sit this one out, on the sidelines until we are ready to safely return.

Here at the Quick, we ask you to stay with us and stay connected. Our work is not over, we will be bringing to life a dynamic and powerful fall of virtual programming that promises to engage and stimulate your creative juices. This is a process, and one that is fluid and challenging, so we ask that you help us navigate this moment and lend you support and goodwill to the Quick and Fairfield University.

We will stay in touch and keep our messages coming as we further develop new platforms for the performing arts in our community.

In closing, please know we will be back and we will be stronger, and we will once again meet at the Quick to share in the live joy of the arts.

I just don’t know when for now.

Sincerely,

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Peter Van Heerden
Executive Director
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

The Quick Stands in Solidarity

Dear friends,

In times of great distress, the arts are known to provide comfort. We go to a theatre and experience dance and music and plays as a salve for the wounded soul and to experience joy. At the Quick, we have gained a bit of a reputation for moving our audiences outside of that comfort zone – bringing artists to the stage that challenge who we are and what we believe in. We ask you to take risks and experience voices completely unlike your own to gain understanding and empathy. We ask that you fuel your body and mind with the unknown and let it change you and in turn the community around you. Though our theatre doors may currently be closed due to the pandemic, the Quick is still a part of your community and we no longer ask – we demand.

There is great power in the collective voice, and we believe that change is possible through your actions. We are outraged and disheartened by the repetitive murders of black people in our country and the continued systemic racism that has taken place for hundreds of years. We believe #blacklivesmatter. This is evident in our programming as we are committed to engaging with artists that push us to see the realities of their world, to self-reflect, and to change our world for the better.

It is time to sit in the discomfort of change and to grow from it. We cannot wait for another black life to be lost, though it will sadly happen again all too soon. We cannot sit in the sidelines and assume that the burden is that of people of color, our LGBTQ+ community, and minority groups to change the world alone. In this moment, we must move beyond words and take action – to vote, to engage, to feel empathy and rage, and to demand change.

The Quick stands beside our artists and speakers as they commit to their work and support their voices being heard in this movement for change. We support the students, faculty, and staff of Fairfield University as we all embark on this journey to truly understand the principals of racial and social justice and to best serve our community. The Quick will continue to present a diverse range of voices and experiences that remind all of us of what is truly possible when we commit ourselves to learning and being inspired by voices that are not our own. We demand that you hold us to the same steps of action that we ask of you.

Sincerely,

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Lori N. Jones
Director of Programming and Audience Development

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Quick Center Patron,

I hope this message finds you, and your loved ones, safe and secure. Fairfield University and the Quick Center miss you greatly and we want you to know that we are thinking of you all during these unprecedented times. At present the lights may be out and the curtain down, but rest assured we will be back, and we will come back stronger than ever. This too shall pass so that we can once again gather to share in the wonders of live performance, where we can clap, laugh, and be together as a community.

We are working hard behind the scenes to support our artists and crew, and digging deep in tough times to launch a dynamic new season for you at the Quick. Stay tuned to our emails, as we will also soon be launching some innovative virtual programs to showcase a selection of our artists and educators who are working to harness engagement and learning in new formats.

It is both hard and sad for me to inform you of the following update: Over the past several days, the governor of the State of Connecticut has taken significant measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has put into place restrictions on workplace environments and social gatherings that impact Fairfield University and the Quick Center.

As a result, we are forced to make the following decisions in the interests of our entire community to ensure our safety. We know you love being a part of our Quick community that enjoys coming together and sharing the experience of the arts; however, based on current trends as they relate to coronavirus (COVID-19), to ensure everyone’s safety the Quick Center is canceling all live events and HD Screenings, through our current season which was originally scheduled to close on May 18, 2020.

Due to the cancellation of the remainder of the season, we are offering the following options to our ticket holders:

  • You may donate your ticket back to the Quick Center to help fund future priorities and programs, if the ticket was purchased after January 1, 2020.
    Please note that your donation to the Quick ensures that during these unprecedented times we can continue to support our artists, technicians, and the maintenance of our systems which help us bring programming to YOU — from The Met: Live in HD, to all live performances and lectures, your support helps.
  • You may request a refund. Please note: due to restrictions the Quick Box Office will only be open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting this week and running through April 30, 2020. Please be patient and understanding as Kyle works during these times to process requests. Please contact the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or by email at boxoffice@quickcenter.com.

Please stay safe and healthy. If you feel alone or need a friend, call a friend or loved one and say hi. Or reach out to us at the Quick for a chat. We are your community and want you to be safe and secure. Thank you for your understanding and your support through this ongoing effort to keep our community connected.

Be well,

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Peter Van Heerden
Executive Director
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

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