August 18, 2017

Dear friends and ARTS supporters,

I’m writing to share with you some changes in ARTS’ immediate day-to-day operations. As you may have heard, ARTS recently adjusted staff levels. Rather than go forward with the original plan to significantly increase classes and students in the fall semester, our plan is to serve approximately the same number of youth we had during the spring semester.

ARTS’ new CEO Marty Remmell, who started on June 1, has shown tremendous resolve and dedication to ensuring ARTS’ mission will continue well into the future. I have great trust in her ability to elevate the organization’s scale and sustainability, and I ask that you join me in this sentiment. We are doing everything in our power to strengthen this great organization.

The Board of Directors wants a solid infrastructure that honors the organization’s mission and vision, and maximize ARTS’ budget. The steps we have taken were necessary to set us on a path towards this goal. Our ultimate desire is to continue ARTS’ mission of supporting youth in National City and San Diego County through the arts and creativity. We believe these changes will make that possible.

The next several months at ARTS will be used to recalibrate, expand and develop ARTS’ board, continue fundraising, and create a strategic plan with specific goals for student success. One of the first recommendations from Marty was to create a student advisory council comprised of current students and alumni who will consult on programming. Our aim is to create a more intentional integration between arts education, creative community development, and student support services (including life skills, leadership development, and career planning) so all students can realize their full potential through the arts and creativity.

ARTS students and families will be able to continue receiving student services support as well as participate in visual art, photography, writing, music, and maker classes. Please contact Laura Aparicio, Student Services Manager, at (619) 297-2787 ext. 2006 or laparicio@areasontosurvive.org for more information.

We plan to unveil the new strategic plan on October 21 at our Spooky Sweet 16 event, where we’ll toast to 16 years, honor ARTS Founder Matt D’Arrigo, and set our sights on a successful future.

If you have any questions, I invite you to contact me directly at fabiennehanks@gmail.com. Thank you for your understanding during this time, and for your continued support of ARTS.

Sincerely,

Fabienne Hanks
Chair, A Reason To Survive Board of Directors