This past year was filled with challenges, but 2020 also offered opportunities for learning, growth, & innovation. Without a doubt, the year tested the skills we learn through the arts: creative adaption, problem solving, empathy, perseverance, and collaboration, to name only a few.
I hope the arts have helped sustain you during these difficult times. Film, music, literature, dance, crafts, and the visual arts allow us to stay connected to our own personal humanity, as well as to all of humanity around us.
Because the arts are a vital part of our social, educational, and economic landscape, I want to thank those who have helped sustain the arts for our community during the chaos and uncertainty of 2020.
I look forward to the time when we can gather again to celebrate and experience the arts together. – Lisa Bergh, Executive Director
This was a year we put our philosophy of “Make.Do.” to the test. When the Art Center was forced to close just as the Annual Youth Art Exhibit was set to open, we re-designed the exhibition as a Window Display and left the lights on for viewing 24/7.
The creative adaption of our Visual Arts Exhibition Series meant we were able to keep this program going all year. The gallery was allowed to open with proper safety protocols while public artist receptions became ZOOM gallery talks.
Seventy people were able to meet and connect with our exhibiting artists in three different ZOOM calls. These individuals came from throughout the state and the WORLD. One talk had an attendee from Australia! An experience not likely to have happened in our pre Covid-19 world.
Unable to present the beloved Art Kids Drop in Days & Popular Summer Studio Programs in their traditional forms, we sought to nurture kids’ artistic energies in another way. To achieve our goal, we shifted the delivery of our educational programs to a FREE weekly art kit program. From the end of April through December we distributed nearly 1,000 kits to area children. Partnerships with the Food Shelf and McLeod Alliance as additional pick-up sites increased accessibility to the program.
Canceling the Annual Night for the Arts left a hole in our hearts and balance sheets. This event accounts for nearly 15% of our operating budget! Thankfully, CARES funding through the Hutchinson EDA and a PPP loan forgiveness agreement from Citizen’s Bank helped to reduce the financial loss of this important fundraiser. We look forward to the time when we gather again for an updated and reimagined Annual Night for the Arts.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Thank you to our members, financial, and in-kind contributors for supporting us in 2020. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all those volunteered their time, those who attended a Zoom Talk, visited the gallery, and participated in the programs we were able to offer. Our CREATIVE COMMUNITY helps us BRING THE ARTS TO LIFE!
You can support our 2020 Partners with a donation for in one click. Our online donation form allows you to allocate your gift to multiple groups.