PNB Future Fund
PNB Future Fund

“I’m amazed at how many roadblocks PNB has been able to circumvent in order to keep this organization running and its dancers dancing—proving over and over again that art and artists cannot and will not be stopped. Never in a million years did I think that the opportunity to dance for a live audience would be taken away from us, but never have I been prouder to be a part of this great company. I look to 2021 with hope for a brighter year ahead, but confident that we can navigate any challenge that comes our way with the help of supporters like you.”
—Laura Tisserand, Principal dancer

The PNB you know and love stops at nothing, not even a pandemic, in our quest to create, educate, and bring joy to the world through dance. We’ve accomplished a lot together in the last eight months, from launching a first-of-its-kind all-digital season and delivering PNB School classes via the internet, to where we are today—slowly and carefully welcoming dancers and small groups of students back to the studios. We choose to focus on the positive and the many ways PNB can continue to be a beacon of light, and source of inspiration and solace in this time of uncertainty.

“To the family of PNB donors: You are our lifeline. Until the whole orchestra can be back where it belongs, performing as an integral part of PNB, we rely on you to keep hope and our company alive. Thank you for coming with us on this journey into the uncharted waters of this season.”
—Joyce Ramee, Viola and founding member of the PNB Orchestra

Your tax-deductible gift to the Future Fund will help PNB to continue the work we’re doing while we’re reinventing PNB’s future. Your PNB team has been reduced in size because of the pandemic and our inability to perform to full houses at McCaw Hall. The gift you make today will shape PNB’s future tomorrow.

Visit PNB at Home for a collection of PNB content to enjoy from home, PNB is Listening to learn along with us, and PNB Social to keep up-to-date with our social media channels.

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A Message from the Dancers

“As stages go dark all over the state, let’s pause for a moment to consider what we’re losing for a while – the dances that won’t be danced, the songs that won’t be sung, the plays that won’t be performed. Let’s think practically about what we can do to help those whose livelihoods are affected.”

Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

“Your work is “essential,” in the core meaning of the word — essential to our humanity, our spirit, our imagination.”

A PNB Patron

“PNB is one of the nation’s finest ballet companies; the dancers are well trained, the orchestra superb. The immediate future for PNB – and for every regional arts nonprofit – is bleak. Arts leaders tell me if the public gathering restrictions go on for months, many arts companies won’t be able to reopen when they’re lifted.”

Marcie Sillman, KUOW

“As we, a nation and community, face this unprecedented situation it is our obligation as a society to support the arts. The unknown of this crisis is what feels us with stress, fear, and dread. The honesty and candor in which you shared the current financial situation of Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School are appreciated more than our family will ever be able to fully acknowledge. PNB is a backbone to the greater Seattle area and I have full faith that this will pass and the PNB community will come back stronger than ever.”

A PNB Patron

“The cliché about live performances is true. The power of live dance lies in its impermanence. No video can really capture the experience. We [also] underestimate the real social benefit of providing a big dark room where it’s perfectly acceptable to cry in public, which is yet another reason we need to fight to keep these arts institutions, big and small, alive.”

Rich Smith, The Stranger

“I used to take my girls to see your ballet back in the 90s. I miss it very much. I am old now, the girls married and moved far away. But I always picture Swan Lake from the many times we went to see it when they grew up in Washington. We have no ballet where we live. Thank you for those memories. It’s what lives in my mind when I have to have MRIs. I close my eyes, see the dancers, hear the orchestra. It helps me through the hardest of times.”

A PNB Patron

“Our ability to weather this crisis depends on cutting as much expense as we can while maintaining a bare-bones operation, as well as applying for relief funds and appealing to donors to support the organization at this critical time. It’s just unthinkable for me to take away people’s health care right now, especially in a health care crisis.” –Ellen Walker, PNB Executive Director

Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times