Performing arts group cancels 2020-21 season

SAFFORD — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gila Valley Arts Council announced it has suspended its 2020-21 performing arts season.

The council made the announcement last week to supporters.

“As you know, our main focus is performing arts education. We are watching our districts struggle with their new definition, face tough instruction decisions and ever-changing school calendars. We fear our artists would not be able to gain access to our students,” Gila Valley Arts Council President Tom Green wrote.

“We also considered the evening performances. Would the public come? Of course, there is also the financial gamble of covering the cost of artist contracts.”

Each year, the Gila Valley Arts Council brings in four to five performing arts acts. The artists conduct special performances for grade-school children, and special tutorials for advanced music or dance students. The artists’ stay in the Gila Valley is capped by a performance for the public at the David M. Player Center for the Arts.

It is the first season suspension in the 35-year history of the Gila Valley Arts Council.

“Be assured, GVAC is not disappearing; we are simply on hold,” Green said. “We will forge ahead with our 2021-22 season and look forward to your return.”