Dear Friends and Supporters of Yes! And… Collaborative Arts,
On behalf of the board of directors, happy spring! We are in the midst of another wonderful year at YACA, having completed our 12th year of Winter Sort of Thing performances. Our students put on a spirited, beautiful performance, and were supported by so many dedicated and caring adults who helped make the show a success. We hope that many of you had the opportunity to attend one of the performances. We thank you for your ongoing support of our programs, which allows us to continue the work of our mission with the commitment that every student is able to attend no matter their financial situation.
As usual, this a very busy time of year for our staff as we gear up for another year of summer camp. We are excited to announce our collaboration with Summit Children’s Program in West Mt. Airy, where we will hold our Imagination Camp this summer. Our traditional Theatre Camp will be held at the Germantown Mennonite Church (GMC) location, and we look forward to continued work with our partners at GMC. We are also happy to be bringing back experienced staff as well as hiring new, enthusiastic, and talented individuals as teachers and travelers. Registrations are rolling in and there are just a few spots left, so if you have children from kindergarten through 12th grade, please enroll them soon!
We also want to take this opportunity to highlight the irrepressible Chris Herrman, our Interim Executive Director, who has been leading YACA since October last year. Chris has served as our Program Director for years and without her hard work, organization, creativity, and vision, our camps would not have had the success that they have long enjoyed. Chris has a rich background of experience as a dancer/choreographer and teacher in addition to her strong skills in administration, all of which are so important to this organization. Presently, Chris has taken on the added responsibilities of Executive Director, in addition to continuing to perform many of her existing duties, always with a smile and positive outlook. We are so grateful to have her as our leader at this time.
We want to continue to give the children of Germantown, our neighboring communities and beyond the wonderful experience of summer camp but cannot do that without your continued support. We are on track to again give $100,000 in camperships to families who need them because we are an organization that does not turn a child away because of their inability to pay. We want to continue to be a place where kids from all different backgrounds come together to understand each other, to learn and to grow. This cannot happen without your help!
Join us today as we aim to raise $60,000 this year in our Annual Giving Campaign. Your donation will fund the basic needs of our programming including art supplies, salaries of our Artist Teachers and camperships for the children that need tuition assistance.
We cannot express our gratitude often enough for your continued support of our organization! Please know that you are always welcome to attend our summer camp shows and other productions to experience the magic of our collaboration firsthand.
D’vorah Horn-Greenberg, Board Chair
Board of Directors: Meg Williams, Jake Miller, Meredith Sexton, Claudia Huot, Jeff Linneman, D’vorah Horn-Greenberg, Tracy Weant, Allison Cox, Marie Marthol, Mindy Fernandez-Sheinbaum