Letter from Dennis Canty, April 21, 2020

Posted on April 21, 2020

Dear Members:

I hope this email finds you all healthy, safe, and well.

In light of the anticipated notice from Governor Baker extending school closures through the end of the academic year, the METG is announcing the cancellation of the in-person festival tentatively scheduled for the final weekend in May.

I know I speak for the Board of Trustees-- and the entire organization-- when I say how disappointed I am that we will not be gathering in-person again this year to celebrate the work of your respective artistic communities. Indeed, we are reeling from the loss of these important moments to share our work, to connect with friends, to make new friendships, to network with other educators and professionals, to recognize student work, and to celebrate the value and importance of the arts.

Please know that the organization has taken the necessary steps to weather the public health crisis and resultant economic downturn. We assure you we will be back and better than ever to celebrate our 90th year together.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that the organization has been preparing to launch our first-ever METG Virtual Festival. Details will be forthcoming from Division leadership in the next few days. We know nothing can ever replace the spirit of our in-person festival, but we hope that providing a virtual platform to students and schools will nourish our artistic souls for the next few months.

In the interim, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dennis

Dennis P. Canty
Executive Director
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild
dcanty@metg.org

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