AVA’s fiscal year is soon coming to a close. We need all the help we can get to finish on a strong note. Every dollar you donate helps AVA prepare for the future while continuing to offer amazing content for everyone. And if we reach $10,000 in donations by August 31, 2020, your donations will double to $20,000 thanks to the generosity of Bill and Betsy Peabody and their $10,000 matching grant.
AVA Gallery and Art Center is grateful for and proud of the area high school students who volunteered to transform the socially distanced outside dining area at Three Tomatoes Trattoria, located on the green in Lebanon, into a public art installation.
The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts community are sobering. Americans for the Arts estimates there is currently nearly $5 billion in losses across the 120,492 arts nonprofits in the United States, jeopardizing the future of organizations like AVA. The long-term risks of diminished exposure to the arts affects us all. Harvard Health Publishing reflects on the importance of art for physical and mental health, and a University of Chicago study funded by the Art Works program at the National Endowment for the Arts finds “individuals who have both direct and indirect exposure to the arts are more engaged in civic activities within their communities, have higher levels of social tolerance on some dimensions of the measure, and demonstrate higher rates of other-regarding behavior.”
AVA needs your help. Your tax-deductible contribution to AVA’s “From Here to There Fund” will provide our organization with critically important support during this challenging time. The temporary closing of our facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant loss of income from class and camp tuitions, art sales, events, and our most important annual fundraiser, the Silent Auction. We are experiencing a shortfall in revenue that will limit our future capabilities even though we have been approved for a Small Business Administration Payroll Protection Program loan.
Still, we remain more committed than ever to staying connected with the AVA family, including our instructors who are losing valuable income, our non-profit partners, and the larger community. We continue to offer free community programs online (see AVA Online for info and links) and are distributing art supplies and lessons to those who need them. We are dedicating significant resources to launching new online offerings – free tutorials, open studios, inventive classes, artist galleries, themed exhibitions with societal impact, and all-inclusive events (Mudroom Online takes place tonight, Thursday, April 16 at 7pm) as well as methods of delivering that content to remote and isolated individuals and communities. Your financial support will enable AVA to emerge from this crisis with an even stronger ability to address the importance of art in our lives and to carry out our mission to cultivate an openness of space and mind to inspire, nurture and showcase the creative spirit.
Your gift to AVA today will help us get from here to there, and we thank you!
Please be aware that AVA’s Spring + Summer Brochure that was distributed in The Valley News today contains class information that has drastically changed since printing. (Boy, is that an understatement!) Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, AVA’s campus is closed to the public. This means all classes, community programs, and events (including AVA’s Annual Silent Auction and current exhibitions) are postponed until a later date. We are accepting online registrations for classes beginning in May, with the understanding that those classes might eventually be postponed, as well.
Those of you who previously registered for an April camp, class, or workshop should already have been contacted by AVA’s Education Manager, Nick Gaffney, (firstname.lastname@example.org) about receiving a credit for a future class, a refund, or generously offering your tuition to AVA as a fully tax-deductible donation. If you have not seen an email in your inbox, please check your junk or spam folder.
Many, many organizations in our community will suffer significant and crippling losses because of closures. Please consider donating to those entities. Should you wish to donate to AVA, you may do so here: Donate Today! Our staff, instructors, students and community program participants thank you heartily!
We appreciate your patience and support as we all adjust to the daily influx of information and changes taking place. Staff members are busy planning for future classes, programs and events from home. Some of us will be in the office on an as-needed basis and we will return voice messages as we receive them. If you need immediate assistance, we encourage you to reach out via email with questions:
We will have the current Carla Kimball | Solitude exhibition posted in our Off the Wall online gallery, soon. All artwork in AVA’s Off the Wall online gallery is for sale by calling 603-448-3117 or emailing Exhibition Manager, Joshua Dacey, at email@example.com. Consider how a piece of artwork makes a great, long-lasting gift for someone in your life. You’ll not only support AVA, but the artists we represent.
Keep an eye on AVA’s website www.avagallery.org,Facebook Page, and Instagram for updated information as well as creative, uplifting and informative content, including The Mudroom storytelling sessions and online classes by some of our most beloved instructors.
Sending light and happy thoughts! ~ The Entire AVA Crew