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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!
Heidi Reynolds & Bente Torjusen
Executive Director & Strategic Adviser
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, (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:
Executive Director email@example.com
Strategic Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Manager email@example.com
Exhibition Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Manager email@example.com
Sculptural Studies & Facilities Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Henshaw Longwell
Development Coordinator email@example.com
Core Studio Instructor firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Kundtz Joseph
Core Studio Instructor email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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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!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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