An Important Message

Greetings Christina Cultural Arts Center Families & Friends,

My prayers are that you all are safe and well and that you are managing, as best you can, the challenges presented by COVID-19. The time upon us is like no other time in our history, and one in which we should embrace "being still" and spending valuable time with our families and loved ones.

Christina Cultural Arts Center is not immune to the devastation caused by this transition. As always, however, we rise to these occasions and deploy our resources and relentless spirit to not only survive, but thrive! Christina has navigated previous challenges with the downturn in our economy.

In every challenge also rests tremendous opportunity, and we embrace all that lies before us. The circumstances that confront us now are different in some ways and the same in others. In the end, we cannot be overcomers if there aren't challenges to overcome. We proceed in the face of adversity with the understanding that the sun surely shines again after every storm.

Since COVID-19 reared its head, our resourceful instructors have taken to implementing distance learning courses. By incorporating courses through ZOOM, Skype, Facebook Live and other platforms, we have continued to engage our students to prevent "learning loss." Our numbers are phenomenal — with over 67% of our students participating!

The breadth and depth of our teaching staff's commitment is incredible in their ability to be creative and maintain connections with our students.

While our center has closed with the Governor's "Stay at Home" mandate, our executive staff is working remotely and touching all the programs in our portfolio. In addition, our board of directors — including our executive, finance and development committees — have exemplified Christina's spirit by sacrificing their time, energy and resources to ensure we engage in this battle with laser focus.

Our institutional response has many impressive attributes:

  1. MISSION: We remain committed to delivering our mission in the face of adversity.
  2. INSTRUCTION: Over 75% of our faculty have aligned their instruction to deliver lessons remotely. Our early learning center instructors are keeping our preschoolers engaged in innovative ways.
  3. ENGAGEMENT: We are ensuring parents and guardians are presented with valuable information that can assist them during these challenging times. If you need assistance, please email us at info@ccacde.org, and we will connect you with one of our resources.
  4. INNOVATION: With the help of gracious donors, we have procured laptops to assist our staff with distance learning. Our executive staff is providing training to those who need assistance on various platforms, and we're working on an initiative entitled, Christina Cares with Christina Shares. With this initiative, we look to offer reduced rates (shares) to our students/parents for Fall enrollment. We will also offer bonuses to students who recommend a friend (or friends) to enroll. Details will be forthcoming.
  5. EMPLOYMENT: Our most valuable resources are our dedicated faculty and staff. Without their commitment to this institution, our mission would not be possible. My number one priority is to keep everyone employed, which, in turn, allows us to keep connections with our families. However, the economic challenges we face are enormous, and I will do what is in the best interest of Christina in this regard - understanding that there is also a recovery period that awaits.
  6. CONTRIBUTIONS: Your sacrifices are extremely appreciated by Christina. Donations can be made on our website, www.ccacde.org. You can also mail a check of contribution to 705 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE. 19801. Every donation counts and is cherished! In William Earnest Henley's poem "Invictus," a stanza reads:

    "In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud; Under the bludgeoning of chance, my head is bloody, but unbowed."

If I could parallel this to Christina's current position, it would provide a perfect summary. Our beloved institution, like the world around us, has taken a massive hit. But we are still standing on the spiritual shoulders of the giants who led us through similar battles where we emerged victorious. Our heads are held high, embracing the next mountain we will move with every ounce of persistence we can muster.

Be safe and be well. Let knowledge, peace and wisdom rest on your doorstep!

In Service,
James "Ray" Rhodes
Executive Director, Christina Cultural Arts Center

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