From Crisis to Recovery
To our Stanford Live family,
Like all of you, our team is living in uncertain times. May and June are traditionally allocated to winding down one season and launching the next. Instead, our days are currently spent sheltering in place, social distancing, and finding remnants of human connection in daily Zoom meetings and virtual happy hours with co-workers, friends, and family. We continue to be cultural omnivores, albeit through other mediums. Recorded music, livestreams, film, and literature are providing the escapism required to keep us sane.
The question that we’re all grappling with is this: What will Stanford Live and the arts and entertainment industries look like in the coming months and years? At the moment, no one has an answer. The best we can do is map out a number of potential scenarios that enable us to pivot as external environmental factors continue to shift around us.
With that in mind, please know that we are still planning to move forward with our 2020–21 season launch on May 27. We'll be planning a virtual event where you can hear directly from our team about the exciting performances we have in store next year, with your drink and snack of choice in hand! Stay tuned for more details.
While there will certainly be a number of caveats as we continue our journey, it is of utmost importance that we strive to support both Stanford’s academic mission and our beloved artists, while keeping our audiences and staff safe.
As we move from crisis to recovery, we firmly believe that the arts will play a central role in making society whole again. We thank you—our Stanford Live family—for going on this journey with us and hope that we can all be together again soon.
Executive Director, Stanford Live
“In times of economic downturn and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to look deep inside yourself to fathom the sort of life you really want to lead and the talents and passions that can make that possible.”
Writer, speaker, and arts educator