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Executive Director’s Note (May-June 2020)

Dear Art League RI Member,

Ellen Matesanz, Executive Director

With Memorial Day behind us and summer not too far behind, I hope that you are spending time outdoors and enjoying the warm weather.  The COVID-19 pandemic has surely changed our everyday lives and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. For some, the sheltering-in-place has curbed everyday distractions and opened up precious time to focus on creativity, learning and reflection.  For others, it has incited a call-to-action through problem-solving and finding innovative ways of maintaining structure. During the past three months, the focus of the Art League leadership team has included both scenarios, as we prepare our organization for the future.  I thought you might like to hear about what we’ve been doing with updates on some of our current projects and plans for our Annual Meeting.

With the onset of the pandemic, the Board and I have spent numerous hours planning for Art League’s future.  As I am sure you are acutely aware, the typical day-to-day functions of the majority of visual art organizations, galleries, and museums along with the performing arts have been sharply impacted by the pandemic.  In early March we realized that we had to swiftly pivot from our customary in-person gallery visits, exhibitions, opening receptions and educational programs to provide our members with the same benefits in a virtual world.  Although still works-in-progress, these changes promise to add greater depth and dimension to our educational programming and expose the work of our members to a broader audience.  As we look toward the future, it is my hope that you will embrace and enjoy participation in these new initiatives.     

All the best,