Corsi named a leader making a difference through COVID-19
As Executive Director of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA), Jacqui Corsi is charged with implementing the vision and mission of the member-based, privately funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences for the people of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Like so many of us, the scope of Jacqui’s responsibilities dramatically shifted as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic intensified.
Jacqui is ‘Making a Difference Through Covid’ because she found a way to maintain programming for the particularly hard-hit performing arts industry. As Jacqui explained in an article sharing the Covid-informed changes for THELMA’s 11 Thursdays of Summer Concert Series, “Our mission is to continue enriching our community through the arts and we believe in these uncertain times, people need the arts more than ever…” Building on the success of previous outdoor concerts, Corsi leveraged her positive relationship with the City of Fond du Lac to expand the use of the outdoor space to include concerts that would have previously been held in the Great Hall.
Corsi’s influence extended to positively impact the youth of our community with the musical “The Show Must Go Online.” According to the THELMA website, the show was “written to be rehearsed remotely, performed virtually, and shared with audiences online.” Jacqui Corsi also adapted Artist Q and A Talks to offer live-streaming art talks which combine an in-person presence with a virtual experience.
Corsi surveyed THELMA membership and tailored her response to Covid-19 based on their needs. Her radio interviews and social media presence provide a powerful and consistent message, the arts are alive and well in Fond du Lac! Under Jacqui’s Corsi’s leadership, THELMA has safely and responsibly adapted to the ever-changing demands of 2020 while providing an outlet for the arts, and the Fond du Lac community has responded with support and enthusiasm!
Jacqui Corsi is an active board member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association-Fond du Lac Chapter. She graduated UW-Madison in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
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THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit 501(c)(3) organization enriching our community through the arts. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.
Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org