Kristy Edmunds on Sharing Perspectives and Staying Connected

Dear Friends,

I don’t presume to conceive of what your experience of this is, but it makes me feel better to try. I have been experiencing every bit of it here at CAP UCLA and at home at a staggering pace, but I also frequently expand outwards to imagine the myriad of individual circumstances that are happening as we collectively face the uncharted territory of this worldwide public health crisis.

Now we find ourselves in a commanding awareness that the most immediate thing we can do is to remain in place, stay connected, strive for continuity, exercise patience, and look after our hands, faces and vital signs. This is the practice of care to which we are called.

All of us at CAP UCLA and Royce Hall look forward to hearing how you are and how we can help where possible. We will be sending out a weekly aggregate of what the arts community and the Center are doing, sharing our knowledge of crucial relief efforts and some things from our amazing staff and the artists who are with us every step of the way.

There are incredible bright spots happening, and important informational resources that we want to get to you. A story here or there, a new playlist from the artists we have the good fortune to know, and ways for us to remain engaged with each other. The days and weeks ahead will not be easy.

We can do it though; together.

Be well, be safe – more soon.

—Kristy Edmunds,
Executive and Artistic Director
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance