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The arts are essential - read a special message from us!

The arts are essential - read a special message from us!

Posted by:  Kimmel Cultural Campus on May 05, 2020

We don’t know exactly what the future holds, but we do know YOU, our community. The City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love is creative and resilient. We’ve seen you, because you’ve come to see us. We’ve brought you together, and we will do it again.



Today we join with the non-profit community across the United States to celebrate "Giving Tuesday Now," a day to celebrate all the ways we can give, help, and connect during this time.

As we collectively navigate uncertainty, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is still delivering tickets to togetherness – just in a different way – because together is our favorite place to be. The arts are essential to enhancing our experience as humans, and our job is to bring our diverse communities together for experiences that teach us how deep our roots run and how they intertwine.

We created a “virtual stage” called “The Show Must Go On”, where you can experience great art from our world-renowned Resident Companies, as well as performances produced by the Kimmel Center Artists in Residence.

Gathered online together, we’ve danced a night away as Kevin Ngo, the legendary host of our FREE, monthly Latin music dance party, La NOCHE, played some of his favorite hits and made us feel like part of a crowd.

As schools remain closed and our beloved Teaching Artists cannot return to physical classrooms, we’ve shared supplemental resources for various ages and abilities, from our littlest arts lovers to the more seasoned among us. We’ve celebrated small victories with each other with Broadway-inspired cocktail recipes and sent you curated work-from-home playlists across genres and borders.

And we’ve asked for you to join us in the creation of new art with #ArtHappensAtHome, a social media campaign where the community sings, dances, raps, recites poetry, and performs from the safety of their own homes, bringing the healing power of art to our social media feeds, sharing creativity and inspiration.


Even in moments of social distancing, it is important to stay connected, and the arts provide that connection. We will continue bringing concerts to your couch, opera to your home office, ballet to your front porch, and dance parties to your virtual playdates.

We’ll have so much to celebrate when our curtains rise again, but until then, none of this is possible without your support. We are estimating a $5.3M negative impact on our operations through the end of June. That impact will continue to grow each month that we are not able return to normal operations.

Unlike many non-profit cultural and arts institutions, our revenue stream is heavily reliant on ticket sales and the rental of our spaces. In the pre-COVID-19 world, this allowed us to sustain ourselves as well as our mission driven activity: our 100% FREE education programs and FREE community events, along with providing substantive support to our Resident Companies.

We are so grateful for your patronage, and we hope you will consider making a contribution to the Kimmel Cultural Campus today. As a non-profit organization, we are so proud of all the ways we help to bring our community together both in-person and virtually, and we love being part of many special moments in your lives. Our curtains will rise again. Until then, this is just intermission.





Opera Philadelphia Virtual highlight:

Opera Philadelphia announces the first-ever Digital Festival O! Digital Festival O offers four groundbreaking operas that received their world premieres with the company, plus a classic favorite to bring us all some much-needed laughter. Enjoy a new, FREE stream and special events every weekend for the month of May on their YouTube Channel or


Pennsylvania Ballet Virtual Highlight:

Join Pennsylvania Ballet at 1:30 p.m. on Instagram Live each weekday to take part in ballet classes taught by both Artistic Director Angel Corella and different company members each day.


The Philly POPS Virtual Highlight:

The Philly POPS performances from seasons past are filled with award-winning music, singers, and songwriters. Take a walk through some of your favorite moments with POPS @ Home. Check back often as they continue to share archival footage, and more!




We are incredibly grateful for the sustained support of our members at this time. As a nonprofit performing arts organization that relies heavily on ticket sales to support our annual operations, FREE education initiatives, and FREE community programs, this pandemic will have a ripple effect that will significantly affect the livelihood of our Cultural Campus. Please consider making a gift to the Kimmel Center and our resident artist groups to help support our mission through these challenging times.


NOTE: The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is closed until further notice in compliance with the city's stay-at-home ordinance. As a result, hundreds of events are being canceled or rescheduled. Patrons will be emailed about the status of their performance as details are confirmed. Click here for the latest updates. 



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