Dear Concord Art Community,
We hope you and your family and friends are doing well during this difficult time.
As you may know, to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have closed Concord Art and cancelled classes that cannot be held remotely. This will result in a significant loss in income for us, an estimated $50,000, without significantly reducing our operating expenses. In particular, we have not laid off our wonderful staff, who continue to work remotely on many projects.
When Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts started Concord Art, she was not only a gallerist exhibiting contemporary Boston artists like John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt for the benefit of Concord residents, she was also a generous philanthropist raising funds to support World War I refugees by selling her own paintings. She was exceptionally generous with her talent, her wealth and her empathetic spirit. In this vein, we are doing all we can to support our community, including the creation of an online gallery where artists working at home can post and share artwork to stay connected while sheltering in place.
Writing today, we feel especially grateful to have such a dedicated community, and we thank you for your past support of Concord Art. As we all navigate the precarious months ahead, your generosity now will be as crucial as ever to guarantee our continued success. If you are able to help, please donate soon and hopefully by the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2020. And remember, too, that all amounts are appreciated, and no amount is ever too small.
With sincere gratitude,
Kate James, Executive Director
Jeff Wieand, President, Board of Directors