A Message About J Arts & Ideas

Dear CenterStage Subscribers and Patrons,

With sadness, we share the news with you that our CenterStage and Arts & Ideas programs will be taking an intermission. Our theatre and most of our arts programming at the J will be suspended as of June 13.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the JCC closed its physical doors on March 16. With our CARES Act funding expiring in June and the loss of revenue during the closure, financial losses became insurmountable and the JCC had to make the difficult decision to furlough a group of staff members. This included the Arts & Ideas department.

We encourage you to visit CenterStageJCC.org for more details provided in our FAQs and follow our Arts & Ideas Facebook page, where we will post updates as we know them. The JCC will also communicate changes via email and on the website.

For questions, thoughts or concerns, we ask that you contact the JCC at JArtsIdeas@jewishlouisville.org and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sara Klein Wagner
President & CEO

Notes from the Arts + Ideas Staff

Frank Goodloe III, Performance and Visual Arts Director

I always like to say you have to find the light in the darkness. And what a dark and crazy time it’s been. A huge light for me is that I have been blessed to have been able to work remotely from home for CenterStage and J Arts & Ideas for the last three months. Has it been a challenge to come up with how and what I could do to keep our audiences and members of the J involved? Absolutely. But a very welcomed challenge. It was a new and exciting way to use my creativity. I was very lucky that I was still able to use my creativity in so many ways.

I often say that I feel as if I’m on a hamster wheel. Well, I now have a chance to stop the wheel, refresh, regroup, and get much-needed rest.

So that once it is time for me to return to work. I will be better, stronger and more creative than ever.

I know that sooner rather than later, we will be able to raise the curtain, turn on the spotlight, and start ACT II.

Because the show isn’t over. It’s just intermission.

Much love and gratitude to all.


Anne Ensign-Urteaga, J Arts & Ideas Operations and Events Director

I feel extremely lucky to have been able to work from home for J Arts & Ideas for the last three months. It has allowed me to flex my creative muscles and work on projects I never would have been able to otherwise.

I have been with the J for over eight years now, and I am viewing this time as a welcomed sabbatical. I plan to use this time to rest and refresh my love for the arts. When it is time to return to work, I will be able to hit the ground running and hope to do so with innovative ideas that bring you better arts programs.

In the meantime, please visit the Virtual J Arts & Ideas and YouTube page to create art with the videos I made while working at home. We will see everyone soon!


Erin Jump, CenterStage Educational Program Director

The J and CenterStage have been a home, a place of comfort and joy, for me for over six years. I am honored that I now am a part of the team every day. Though I will not be serving in the Arts and Ideas department at this time, I am excited to continue to promote the arts through working with Camp and our Preschool programming. I am looking forward to applying my teaching knowledge and creative skills in other departments that serve our community.

In addition to serving at a reduced capacity, I plan on using my time to research new practices within the arts as things will be different upon our return given our current climate. I am excited and curious to develop new ways to serve our students and schools when Acting Out and Academy return.
Please visit the Virtual J Arts for up-to-date announcements about our department and its plans to return!



Why is the staff being furloughed and when will they return?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the JCC closed its physical doors on March 16. The organization was optimistic in April when it received notice that retaining full-time staff would be possible through the CARES Act Paycheck Protection loan program. Unfortunately, as the length of the closure continued and with CARES Act funding expiring on June 12, the financial loss had become insurmountable and the JCC had to make the difficult decision to furlough a group of staff members. At this point, there is not a time-table as to when these staff members back may be brought back.

How and how often will we receive updates?

Updates will be given when we have new information to share. Our organization will stay in touch via email and on our website and social media.

Are any virtual Arts & Ideas classes or programs being offered?

At this time, no. In the meantime, we do have an Arts & Ideas Virtual J and Facebook page with crafts, talks and interviews. You can view them here:
Virtual J: https://jewishlouisville.org/virtualjcc/virtualartsideas/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JArtsandIdeas/

Is there a way I can contact one of the Arts & Ideas staff during the furlough?

The Arts & Ideas staff will not be able to answer any questions about the J and cannot perform any duties for the J during the furlough. This includes answering any communications related to work or their positions.

I have a time-sensitive issue about CenterStage or another Arts & Ideas program. Who should I contact?

Please contact us at JArtsIdeas@jewishlouisville.org. We appreciate your patience for a response while staff and hours are limited.


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