NEW MASK/VAX POLICY! All patrons over 12 years of age at films or live performances at The Smith scheduled through Dec. 31, 2021 are required to wear a mask AND be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID test*. Children 12 years old or younger are required to wear a mask. Depending on the nature of the show, patrons may be allowed to remove their mask once seated in the theatre. Policies are subject to change at any time without notice; however, we will make every effort to contact ticketholders to alert them of changes to this policy. *We strongly recommend the use of the New York State Excelsior Pass Wallet app available from your app store. This app shows vaccine data and test results and will make admission to The Smith go smoothly.

Susie Bids Adieu to 2020

Dear Friends:

As we bid farewell to 2020, it is astounding to reflect upon what we’ve lost and what we’ve learned, what we’ve let go of and what we’ve come to value as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. What started as a remote threat has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. Though we had concerns and stresses wrapping up 2019, we could never have imagined that we’d be spending most of 2020 fighting for the survival of The Smith and developing the skills and relationships necessary to do so.

  • As the year ends, the COVID relief bill has become law. The #SaveOurStages portion of the bill will be crucial for the survival of the live entertainment industry in 2021. The Smith qualifies to receive this grant and we look forward to digging into the details, completing our application, and crossing our fingers for a positive response. This funding, along with the Payroll Protection Program and Small Business Administration’s EIDL program have allowed The Smith to continue to operate while closed to live audiences.
  • Heretofore, the arts sector has had a weak identity as a business sector. No more. The Smith engaged in collective planning and lobbying with industry groups across the region, state, and country. A whole generation of arts managers has become activated while lobbying for targeted funding in return for staying closed following public health directives. The energy and creativity of the live performance sector became laser-focused on our elected officials; they felt the heat and responded affirmatively.
  • Never have we been so grateful to the previous generations of Smith Board members, donors, and staff members who put the organization on solid financial footing. Unlike many of our colleagues across the country, the Smith has no rent or mortgage to pay and very little debt. This position has allowed us to continue bare bones operations and keep the lights on. Without any way to generate revenue, The Smith has relied on the generosity of our community and the response has been heartwarming. We even shed a few tears while reading the notes of encouragement and inspiration that accompanied your gifts.
  • Our learning curve has been steep and we just keep climbing. The Smith is now actively engaged in creating digitally-delivered arts experiences for all sorts of audiences. We are immensely grateful to the many musicians and speakers who ventured onto our stage this year for the Smith Sessions, Smith Salon, and the Smith Speaker Series. Speakers such as Geneva Historian John Marks now populate our Patreon account and give us a way to stay connected while our doors remain closed.

What will 2021 bring? “Change is the only constant,” is no longer an empty platitude; this year we lived it over and over again. In the arts, we can take inspiration from the actor who “drops” their line but moves forward knowing their character and the intention of the scene, from the jazz musician who, through careful listening, picks up the thread of their fellow musician and weaves it into their performance, and the immense power any member of a chorus or symphony feels as they put their individuality on hold and direct their creativity toward the group effort. These are the skills and attitudes we all need right now.

We can’t wait to see you again. Until then, virtual hugs and our best wishes for your continued good health. Please watch our year-end video.

With Gratitude,
Susie