March 19, 2020
Dear 317 Main Music Community,
As we enter into this new phase of school and business closings, the need for “social distancing,” and the general uncertainty about the short-term and longer-term impact of the COVID -19 pandemic, we at 317 Main remain committed to fulfilling our mission and doing our part to encourage the opportunity for creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music.
Please know that “social distance” will in no way break our bond with you. Over the next few weeks, and possibly months, we will continue to create and share opportunities for you to grow as musicians and enjoy the many benefits of music, even if we’re not in the same room together.
Several days ago, we sent out information about our temporary shift to a remote learning environment. This week, all of the 317 Main Teaching Artists are reaching out to their students in preparation for the start of online learning next week. So far so good!
Given how rapidly the recommendations around this pandemic are changing, it’s impossible to say when we’ll resume in-person programming, but I want you to know that we are with you for the duration. We are already adjusting our Spring Session curriculum in the event we need to forge ahead in a remote learning environment.
We are:
  • brainstorming with our Teaching Artists to develop engaging group offerings for all ages including our Little Roots families
  • putting together The Social Distance Sessions, an online concert series featuring our talented teaching artists, and
  • gathering online resources to help everyone stay on track with music.
We would love to hear from you if you have ideas and/or experiences that might help give birth to new possibilities or enhance existing programs!
As Executive Director, and speaking for the rest of the staff and board, I want you to know that we remain committed to our Teaching Artists. They are a special group and are central to the 317 Main experience. Each of the Teaching Artists has expressed their commitment to doing what they can to continue to teach and inspire their students in the new remote learning environment.
I am confident that we will sustain one another in the coming months and emerge with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a community.  We are in this together.
Please take care of yourselves and your families and reach out if you have thoughts and ideas about how we can better serve the community.
With gratitude,
John Williams
Executive Director