(Beaver Dam) The new Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts in Beaver Dam will be closed through at least January. The Center’s Music Director Richard Zeman tells us that means that not only is the physical building closed but music lessons are on hold as well. The non-profit opened in the spring of last year with the goal of being a cultural hub linking music teachers with students while also hosting occasional music events. Zeman says the pandemic of 2020 has been a challenge like no other.
With performance stages and rehearsal halls empty and truly “dark,” and theaters, concerts halls, clubs and other arts–related venues closed until further notice, many in the industry are struggling. He says the Seippel Center had to make the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 summer concert series, but they remain hopeful the 2021 season. In the meantime, Zeman encourages the public to become a patron, a friend or a benefactor of your favorite cultural institutions.
Whether it’s a theater, orchestra or concert hall he says, “send them a check” because they could really use your support during this time.” If you are already a member, he says “great, send in a bigger check or donate the money from your cancelled concert tickets.” Zeman says such selfless acts during these difficult times might be what is needed for a renewed life of the arts in our communities.