Throughout the past 3 years (since we’ve opened), Elevated Aerials has dedicated its time, energy and resources into the community. Every penny earned (and plenty more on top of that) was either put right back into the business (ensuring we will be around for years to come) or spent helping local artists. Although it would be nice to be able to pay our bills doing what we love, our main goal was to offer a safe and positive space to share our passion, while providing our instructors/performers with fair wages (as we have always felt the industry standard was far too low). Whether we were donating to artists with disabilities, collaborating with local organizations to offer free aerial classes to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it, supporting our local museums, giving artists work throughout a pandemic or purchasing gear from local small businesses – we’ve spent every ounce of us, giving back to the community that we love so much.
This is something that for the past 3 years, we’ve done silently. Why is this the first time you’re hearing this, you may be asking… What’s the old saying? Don’t talk about it, BE about it.
Now, more than ever we are finding that we need to reach beyond just the local artist community. That being said, the majority of your EA instructors (past and present 😉 ) have pulled together our funds to do another run of our “Together We Rise” merch so that 100% of sales (not just profit) can go to an organization that we feel needs it.
This year, our sales will go to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Our merch, once again comes from our good friends at SRO prints – one of the few companies in the United States that provides careers to at risk women and men recovering from drug addiction.
We hope that you will show your support for this as well.