This year of programming and arts service has not been for the faint of heart! Luckily, we had already settled on our tagline for 2020: ARTREACH IS TEN-ACIOUS.
Not only does the tagline give a nod to our organizational attitude, it marks 10 years in our gallery at 4th & Mulberry. ArtReach St. Croix is ready for the future. With a strong network of artists and arts organizations, we are navigating changes, adapting and responding in creative and innovative ways.
Your support positions ArtReach to be nimble. Your enthusiasm for our work means we can maintain close connections to the St. Croix Valley communities we serve. Your charitable gift gives us flexibility to make things happen even in difficult circumstances.
ArtReach’s exhibition gallery and Mobile Art Gallery continue to provide many opportunities for people to experience art in person during the pandemic. Our gallery opened a new show within four days of the stay-at-home order being lifted. We quickly created yard signs explaining health protocols and implemented a reservation system for the artist receptions.
The Mobile Art Gallery is being appreciated in a new way by people who understand its value during COVID. With a timely exhibit, developed with guest curator William G. Franklin, ArtReach spent many weekends reaching people who didn’t expect an open‑air art gallery to pop up in local parks. When another event was canceled we decided to reach out and with their blessing, the Mobile Art Gallery spent a weekend at the Walker Art Center!
After an extended medical leave for the treatment of acute leukemia, part‑time Program and Marketing Manager Syndie Sorensen is back to work! She jumped into developing an online summer sales event in the spirit of our annual Holiday Pop-up Shop. This collaborative sale was a small step toward filling the income gaps for artists who saw spring and summer art fairs canceled. Though experimental, the online pop-up is an example of the type of work ArtReach can do to support the Valley’s arts sector.
ArtReach continued our month of programs around a common book through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read. The 2020 programs were pushed to late August and reimagined for online or outdoor venues. Still, our focus on Lab Girlmeant we were prepared for a year celebrating the role of women in science and the arts, the importance of science literacy in our democracy and the power that can be found at the intersection of science, nature and arts.
Thank you for valuing the role of the visual, literary and performing arts in maintaining hope, creating shared experiences and
DEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO THRIVE.
As a charitable organization, the staff and board of ArtReach St. Croix work hard to secure grant funding and to grow our earned revenue sources. Since the end of 2019, payments to artists have totaled $26,600 proving that ArtReach’s work sustains the arts in direct ways.
From Hastings and Prescott to Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls, ArtReach is inspired to celebrate and support our creative community. The arts are an essential part of what makes the valley resilient, and you are an essential part of ArtReach St. Croix. When you contribute to ArtReach, you energize our work. With your support this organization can remain TEN-acious.
Heather Rutledge, Executive Director