Resources from our Town Halls with Eric and Sarah

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picnic grove at the Bruns with tables, trees, and wood sculpture
North Star Grove at the Bruns Amphitheater; photo by Haley Millier

Resources from our Town Halls with Eric and Sarah

In October 2020, Artistic Director Eric Ting and Managing Director Sarah Williams held a series of town halls with artists and audience members to share how Cal Shakes has been doing during the pandemic and what we envision for our 2021 season and beyond. As the entire performing arts and live events industry is struggling, we felt it important to provide a list of ways to not only support Cal Shakes but the sector as a whole. Below you will find ways to donate, advocate, and vote for what you believe in, as well as resources we use to make our events more accessible and equitable. 

How to support Cal Shakes:

Donate and ask your network to do the same:

  • Cal Shakes Beacon Fund: This fund was established in response to the  COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of our 2020 season.
  • Individual Giving: Looking for other ways to donate? From recurring gifts, gifts of stock, planned giving, and donor-advised funds, there are lots of ways to show your support. On this page, you can also see if your company has a matching gift program.

Follow us, like us, and share our posts on social media:

Other things you can do:

  • Fundraise for a milestone : On your next birthday, invite friends and family via Facebook to help raise money for Cal Shakes.
  • Forward our newsletter: Share our newsletter with friends and family and encourage them to sign up to receive it in the future.
  • Share our social media posts : This will allow us to reach folks we might not otherwise have.


How to be an Arts Advocate:

Call, Write, and Meet (virtually) with your local representatives and ask them to support artists and arts organizations! Find your representatives: 

  • My Reps: Find and contact your federal, state, county and local elected representatives
  • Common Cause: Find your representatives, how to contact them, bills they’ve introduced, committees they serve on, and political contributions they’ve received.
  • U.S. House of Representatives: Find Your Representative

Arts Advocacy groups to follow, support, and learn more:

  • #BeAnArtsHero: Resources to advocate for relief funds for the arts and culture sector including social media posts, and scripts to use when contacting your representatives.
  • Arts Action Fund: National advocacy organization that fights for bipartisan support from Congress.
  • The Performing Arts Alliance:  A national policy advocate specifically for the non-profit performing arts. 

Donate to and share these resources:


  • USA.GOV: How, Where, and When to Vote
  • Find your vote center and dropbox locations in California 
  • howtovote: How to vote in California

Resources to hold a more equitable virtual event:

Offer a land acknowledgment and support the Indigenous communities in your area : 

  • Sogorea Te’ Land Trust  – an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. To support their work, you can pay the Shuumi Land Tax—a voluntary annual contribution that non-Indigenous people living on traditional Lisjan Ohlone territory make to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.
  • Native Land – a Canadian non-profit that offers resources (including a searchable map) to learn more about local Indigenous territories and languages.

ASL Interpretation:

Live Captioning:

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