“From Here to There Fund” protects AVA’s future during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Dear AVA Family,

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!

Donate to AVA’s From Here to There Fund

Heidi Reynolds & Bente Torjusen
Executive Director & Strategic Adviser

April Classes + Workshops are postponed + April Camps are cancelled

March 21, 2020

Dear Friends of AVA,

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, (nick@avagallery.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:

Heidi Reynolds
Executive Director  heidi@avagallery.org

Bente Torjusen
Strategic Advisor bente@avagallery.org

Nick Gaffney
Education Manager  nick@avagallery.org

Joshua Dacey
Exhibition Manager joshua@avagallery.org

Sheryl Trainor
Office Manager  sheryl@avagallery.org

Roger Goldenberg
Sculptural Studies & Facilities Manager  roger@avagallery.org

Abbe Murphy
Bookkeeper  abbe@avagallery.org

Jan Henshaw Longwell
Development Coordinator jan@avagallery.org

Karl Neubauer
Core Studio Instructor  karl@avagallery.org

Maggie Kundtz Joseph
Core Studio Instructor mayfly@avagallery.org

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 joshua@avagallery.org. 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

Further information sources:

Upper Valley Organizations working to keep you connected…

Please visit the below local organizations to find content to keep you informed and entertained, and also consider supporting these organizations to keep the Upper Valley humming!


Camerata New England


Center for Cartoon Studies

City Center Ballet


Dance Collective

Hood Museum

Howe Library

JAG Productions

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

Lebanon Opera House

Lebanon Public Libraries

Library Arts Center

Montshire Museum of Science

North Country Chordsmen

Northern Stage

Norwich, VT Library

Opera North

Parrish Players

Pentangle Arts

Revels North

Shaker Bridge Theater

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio

Upper Valley Arts Alliance

Upper Valley Music Center

We The People Theater

White River Indie Film




AVA Campus Closed Until April 6

March 16, 2020, 12 pm

Dear Friends of AVA,

New Hampshire Governor Sununu and Vermont Governor Scott declared a state of emergency and ordered all NH and VT public and private schools closed until April 6. Naturally, AVA takes this action very seriously and wants to adhere to measures that will keep our community safe. In order to remain consistent with protocols for social distancing and preventing further spread of COVID-19, we have decided to close AVA’s campus 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. Reduced staff will be in the office and studio tenants will be able to access their studios, but the general public is asked to please view exhibitions online.

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 joshua@avagallery.org.

Instructors and students should expect to be contacted by AVA Staff regarding re-scheduling of classes or refunds/credits for cancelled or postponed classes they will not be able to attend. Questions may be directed to Education Manager, Nick Gaffney, by calling 603-448-3117 or emailing nick@avagallery.org. We ask for your patience when waiting for a reply during this very busy time.

Keep an eye on AVA’s website www.avagallery.org for information on public events, free community programs, and classes.

Further information sources:

AVA’s COVID-19 Policies

March 15, 2020, 3:00 pm
Dear Friends of AVA,

In consideration of State of New Hampshire mandate to close all public and private schools, AVA is cancelling all current classes, community programs and events effective immediately. That means no classes, community programs or events will take place beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 4.

We ask for your patience while we speak with instructors and develop a plan of action. Staff will contact current students (as of 3/15/2020) to discuss reimbursement of pro-rated tuition or possible rescheduling of remaining class sessions. Classes that have not begun meeting that are scheduled to start during this time will be rescheduled for a later date if at all possible. If we are not able to reschedule a class, or if a student is not able to attend the rescheduled class, AVA will offer a full refund or credit toward a future class at AVA.

The March 12 Mudroom and March 28-April 4 Silent Auction have been postponed.

The Mudroom has been postponed until June 11. Anyone with tickets may use those tickets at the June 11 event. Anyone seeking a refund may call the office at 603-448-3117 or email info@avagallery.org

The Annual Silent Auction date is to be determined. Anyone who has donated artwork or items to the auction will receive their donation thank you and tax deduction letter, and the items will be kept at AVA until the event takes place later in 2020. Anyone wishing to hold onto their donation for now will be contacted closer to the event date for item collection. We thank you for your generosity and patience.

Cancellation Policy Changes During COVID-19 Outbreak

If AVA cancels a class currently in session, tuition will be pro-rated for the remainder of the session and/or the remaining sessions will be re-scheduled. Students enrolled in classes that have not yet begun to meet will be offered either a refund or the option to apply their tuition the another class at AVA.

If a class participant cancels 10 business days or more before the first class, full tuition will be refunded in the form of a check or as a credit towards another AVA class within one year of date of issue. If a class participant cancels 9 or fewer business days before the first class, a credit towards another AVA class withing one year of date of issue will be offered. Administrative fees surrounding class cancellations have been waived during the pandemic.

We ask you to do your part!
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical care if needed
  • Stay home if you have been in contact with infected persons
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Use elbow bumps or fist pumps instead of handshakes and hugs
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
WHO: How to handwash? With soap and water

Thanks for your vigilance in keeping our community safe and healthy!