All of us at the Hyde hope that you and your family and friends are healthy, safe and doing well as we navigate this global pandemic and these turbulent times. We miss seeing you at The Hyde, and we look forward to the day when we can all be together again.
COVID-19 has deeply affected The Hyde Collection, as it has people, businesses and organizations throughout the world. Our hearts go out to those families who have lost a loved one and our best wishes for a full recovery go to those who are suffering.
The Hyde is closed for now, but our staff has been working remotely at home, creating as much virtual programming for you as we possibly can. I encourage you to take a look around our website and check us out on Facebook and Instagram as well.
We know the kids are home from school now, so we’re offering special online programs they’ll enjoy. Many adults are home as well, and we haven’t forgotten them. Please take a look at our virtual tours, discussions, games and some very interesting blogs. We will be adding new content each week, so stay tuned.
I also want you to know that our collection is safe and secure. We’ve implemented additional electronic and on-site security measures to protect our buildings and art.
Of course, without grants, sponsorships, admission fees and other revenue coming in, we’ve taken the necessary steps at The Hyde to reduce our operating expenses. As a result, like many other organizations, we’ve had to ask our dedicated staff to make some big financial sacrifices. We know everybody is making sacrifices right now, and we also know there are better days ahead.
This is a terrible time, but it’s a time that reveals the true greatness of our heart. It reveals the fearless dedication of our health care professionals and our first responders and all of the people on the front lines: grocery store, delivery people and public employees. It shows the courage and resilience of our small businesses and non-profit human service agencies. Thank you to all of them for feeding us, caring for us, and keeping us safe. We are truly humbled by their example.
Thank you, too, to our local, state and federal governments – and our leaders who recognize the value of the arts in these difficult times and are committed to helping The Hyde and other cultural organizations remain vital, contributing members of the community.
When better days arrive, and they will arrive, it will be a time for cultural organizations like The Hyde to shine and to serve again – to entertain, to enlighten, to bring the community together and to help us all heal. Charlotte and Louis Hyde gave an unprecedented gift to our community – their home and their collection of fine art—and we honor their legacy by serving our community and giving back in every way we can. We look forward to a grand reopening again as soon as that is possible. The arts are our shared legacy, the story of the human experience, our struggles and our triumphs, and they will bring all of us together again.
In the meantime, please be safe, be kind, be respectful and be gentle with one another. We hope you are able to enjoy the beauty of our virtual offerings until we see each other once again.
Thank you from your friends at The Hyde and be well.
Norman E. Dascher
Chief Executive Officer