DIRECTOR’S CORNER

November 29, 2022

Giving Tuesday
Message from the Director

 

It’s that time of year – making lists and checking them twice, purchasing ingredients for puddings and pies, preparing that spare bedroom for your overnight guests…getting your house in order.

The Art League is getting its house in order too. On the heels of the pandemic, we are up against refinancing the Art League’s ten-year term mortgage due for renewal in early 2024. And so, our 2022-23 Annual Appeal is more important and urgent than ever. The goal is to raise one hundred thousand dollars between now and year-end 2023. Please be as generous as you can. We’re humbly asking you to consider increasing your annual gift this year. Your gifts are needed to strengthen our financial position to qualify for the refi. A great way to increase your support without feeling it as much, is with our Automatic Renewal Gift Program (ARGP). Monthly or quarterly gifts will provide the Art League a reliable source of support throughout the year and it will help support the loan. You can donate here.

Since 1955, artists, teachers, designers, and dreamers come to the Art League for inspiration. Our vision is to attract, inspire, teach and awaken the hearts and minds of all who long to immerse themselves in a community where art is a fundamental part of life. To fulfill the vision, we must usher in a period of recovery and renewal and most importantly, build a stronger philanthropic community over the next five years. We want nothing more than to be the viable organization the Art League deserves to be. One that has become the most enviable art center of its kind on Long Island. With your help, we will make it happen.

I wish you and your family the happiest and healthiest holiday season. And as you continue to wrap the presents, write out the cards, and get your house in order, please remember ours as well. Thank you.

Warmest Regards,
Marianne Della Croce
Executive Director, Art League of Long Island

November 1, 2022

Years ago, a cherished and long-time ALLI member lost his beloved wife of many years. He set up a scholarship in her name. The scholarship sent several children with special and or financial needs to the Art League’s Summer Art Adventure Program.

We recently received a letter from a mother, “This is the first program where my daughter felt truly at home with peers of artists who see, think and interpret things in a different way. She absolutely loved the program and her teachers! I never could have afforded to send her to a program like this. My daughter asked if you could send along a painting, she made it for the family to say thank you so much.”

This is just one example of why ALLI is a special place. You know the other reasons.  You’ve been enjoying your classes, whether it be pastel, watercolor, photography, or ceramics; our exhibitions in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery; and our special events.

But did you know that the Art League of Long Island is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization? That means that we are a mission-driven community visual arts center. And we are guided not only by fees like tuition and membership, but also by additional financial support from our community members, like you.

Consider a donation this season to the Art League of Long Island. Your contribution will support building improvements, studio repairs, exhibitions, and community events. Your donation will ensure that ALLI will continue to offer more classes which both challenge and inspire you.

We are asking you to join our 2022 Annual Appeal by making your donation, no matter what size, on our website at www.artleagueli.org. Donate today and secure ALLI as a visual arts community center where any artist, of any age or ability, is welcomed, excited, and motivated for years to come.

Once again, thank you.

Sincerely,

Marianne Della Croce
Executive Director, Art League of Long Island