Thank you for your interest in The Sapphire! We are proud to share a condensed version of our 2023 Annual Report with you to offer insight into all we have accomplished in 2023. As you’ll see – between social justice programming, supporting other theatres and arts organizations, participating in arts advocacy and providing living wages to local theatre talent – it was another year of living our mission.
Happy New Year! – Jinee Majors
PERFORMANCES, PROGRAMS & PRODUCTION SERVICES in the SPOTLIGHT
This company is like a theater turned inside-out, taking elements of theatre and applying them directly where needed. We offer PERFORMANCES (completely unique theatrically-motivated entertainment); PROGRAMS(one-of-a-kind education programs and tailor-made training for corporations, including PICTURE THIS, Indiana’s longest-running social-issue theatre program); and PRODUCTION SERVICES (professional services including theatre sets, murals, exhibits, and restoration). The Sapphire is the only Indy theatre company offering this depth and scope of services.
FACING GRIEF: Nourishing Loved Ones Through Loss
We launched this interactive performance with guided conversations on how to support those experiencing profound grief as part of the 2023 Spirit & Place Festival. Our powerful partners included IUPUI Spirit & Place, Congregation Beth-El Zedek, Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, Deandra Dycus, John Swanson PhD, Unity of Indianapolis, Penrod Arts Society. The program was a profound success, and there are plans to honor the many requests we’ve had to bring it back in 2024.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS and TEACHERS.
We collaborated on a variety of education initiatives such as IUPUI’s Tunnel of Oppression, Indiana Afterschool Network training sessions for teachers and educators, and an ongoing Afterschool Drama Club for IPS students through Shepherd Community Center. We also began a partnership with iXPLORE to script and record voices for a virtual reality education program at the Republic Airways’ new Aviation Campus that shows young students what it’s like to work in a variety of aviation careers.
PRODUCTION SERVICES for other Arts & Cultural Organizations.
We supported theatre productions by the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, Summit Performance Indy, The Point Theatre and the new Naptown African American Theatre Collective (NAATC). Our team contributed to exhibits such as the LUME’ at Newfields and Alfred J. Miller – Revisiting the Rendezvous for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY and coming to the Eiteljorg in 2024. And Sapphire’s production services supported the Harrison Center and the build-out of a new retail store in the Stutz building, WDRFA (We Don’t Run From Adversity) – a black-owned business built as part of the City of Indianapolis’ St’Art Up 317 initiative.
2023 PARTNERS, ASSOCIATES & CLIENTS
**grateful for these NEW relationships in 2023!
We’re GROWING! Here are some examples of how we expanded our impact, capacity and reach in 2023.
BOARD increased from 3 to 7 directors. (Want to know who is on our fabulous board? CLICK HERE).
STAFF increased to 3 full-time and 4 part-time staff. CONTRACTORS – 38 paid opportunities supported 11 local actors.
STUDIO SPACE expanded significantly, vastly improving the workplace and increasing ability to provide Production Services and virtual Programming in addition to administrative support.
DEMAND for Production Services continues to increase, along with the number of arts organizations supported by The Sapphire (which was 10 this year).
Our leaders remain engaged with the community in several ways, including participation in the Indy Arts Council’s ongoing Arts Leadership meetings and with the www.IndyArtsEd.org initiative, presence in Leadership Indianapolis’ Get on Board event and IndyHub’s IndyVolved event. We also served on a task force for the Corporation for Public Housing on a new Speak Up! initiative to support the voices of those experiencing homelessness.
STRATEGIC + D.E.I.A. PLANNING
The Sapphire’s Board of Directors and organizational leaders are in the process of creating our next Strategic Plan. It will be finished in Q1 of 2024. We plan to share primary elements of this plan in the 2024 At-A-Glance.
Diversity, Equity, inclusion and Accessibility is central to our mission, programming, leadership and community partnerships. D.E.I.A. is an integral part of the Strategic Planning process. The Sapphire has a history of programs and partnerships that place D.E.I.A. in the spotlight, for diverse audiences, with diverse representation in the cast. In addition, the organization has a positive reputation for actively working to progress D.E.I.A. in the arts and expand opportunities for theatre artists of color. The Sapphire has been part of the Indy Arts Council’s Equity Task Force since 2021.
DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT
2023 marks the organization’s BIGGEST FISCAL YEAR to date
The Sapphire awarded the LARGEST GRANT TOTAL to date