What do we mean when we say thank you for your support?
You are at the top of our thoughts as we take a pause to draw near to our families and share in this celebratory time of year. You are an extended family to The Ensemble Theatre as an institution collectively supported by the community, and to each of our board, staff, artists and volunteers whom you encounter.
We are diligent in our efforts to express our gratitude for your sponsorships, donations, subscriptions, and other support you provide to the theatre. However, what we are really thanking you for is the relationship we have with you. Our encounters are much deeper than a transaction.
Over time we’ve shared in our excitement for the theatre’s performances and special events; we’ve shared in our feedback where we believe there is room for growth; and we may even share a moment where we’ve experienced illness or loss, an anniversary, or an introduction to a relative visiting from out of town.
It’s the human connection that endears us closer through the shared experience of fulfilling The Ensemble Theatre mission to preserve African American artistic expression, and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. It’s knowing that your support helps provide employment for the artists and staff; it’s the joy you feel when you hear how your support has helped provide opportunities for youth to explore and experience the arts; it’s the feeling of achievement when you see the physical results of your support through a successfully run production or a facility improvement finally completed; and it’s the confidence in knowing the leadership and staff entrusted with the daily operations of one of your favorite institutions are doing their part in managing the community’s investment.