Impact of COVID-19 on Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Writing Arts Center
This is a tough time for all of us as we navigate the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. As a small writing arts center, we rely on our annual classes, grants, and signature events to keep our vision afloat and sustainable. Our in-person workshops have temporarily been canceled, including our outreach workshops to youth in San Antonio’s under-served communities. This has directly impacted a steady source of our income. We are a dedicated staff of four and are swiftly responding to our new normal; however, we need support during this key transition to allow our staff time to revamp programming, apply for emergency grants, and keep up with our regular literary outreach. YOU are a key player in our literary community and efforts.
If you can, please help us keep our lights on to continue to transform lives one story at a time by donating today. Your support will assist us in weathering these difficult times as we continue to look for additional ways to support the Gemini Ink community in the weeks ahead.
Gemini Ink’s mission is to teach the craft of writing to people of all skill levels so they can bring their stories to life. As San Antonio’s writing arts center, we provide a supportive home for readers and writers of all levels through our online and in-person workshops and literary community. We believe everyone has a story and writing that story is powerful. Our strategic vision is to teach 12,000 people how to bring their stories to life by 2023.
Gemini Ink’s programs serve children, youth and adults across San Antonio. We serve an estimated 4500 participants annually: 83% take our programs free of charge, and 67% of those served are people of color. With 25% of households in the city under Federal poverty and a population 63% Latino and 8% African American, our outreach into all corners of the city is especially significant. For 27 years, we’ve increased San Antonians’ access to the writing arts, grown literacy, and built joy in and engagement with reading and writing.