As COVID-19 continues to restrict normal operations, local businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to connect with the community. Yogis are streaming classes through Facebook Live, artists and boutiques are offering online and one-on-one shopping and restaurants are ramping up on deliveries curbside pick-ups. Even as groups find new ways to connect, the hit they’re all taking is substantial.
One sector that’s especially affected is the arts. The Naples Players recently shared an infographic showing that with the pandemic, they are losing an average of $10,800 per day. Since this all started, theatergoers have cashed in more than $140,000 in refunds for canceled productions. The Players call on the community to donate, but they’re not stopping there. The group has blown us out of the water in recent weeks with its efforts of resiliency and creativity. The team has started streaming yoga classes, virtual sing-a-longs, improv classes and talks with Tony-winning artists on their website and Facebook page.
Now, The Players launches the Naples in Residence: Aid for the Arts, a benefit concert series that kicks off with local duo Chariot on Saturday, May 28 at 4.pm. The band, known for its melodic tunes, is made up of Jesse and Amy Hughes, long-time supporters and volunteers at TNP. Though the Facebook Live concert is free to stream, donation links are posted to the Facebook and website to support the company, which directs more than 85 percent of its earnings to classes and programming.