Shaping What’s Happening at the Art League
Dear Art League Family and Friends,
Several weeks ago, I was interviewed by Tom Kuser, host of “The Full Story” at WSHU 91.1 FM National Public Radio. They were taking a look at “The Arts, Surviving the Pandemic”. Tom heard about the Art League’s building on the market and wanted to know what’s happening. Thanks to your support we took the building off the market, reopened classes and put some employees back to work! We are incredibly grateful to have come this far. However, there’s a lot more work to do.
What’s emerged from the pandemic crisis is the chance to return even stronger than before. It was a “now or never” opportunity to restructure the business model, make better use of the space, generate new revenue and consolidate operations.
In February and in August, 2021 we rented two large studios: one to a working artist and the other to a not-for-profit organization both with long-term leases. Both tenants, also involved in the arts, are ideal “roof mates”! Studio art classes were consolidated to run in the remaining studios on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Operating hours were reduced to thirty-five hours per week compared to pre-pandemic of sixty hours.
Covid-19 forced many people to use technology more than ever. Hats off to Art League students who started registering for classes on the website! Instructors for the first time are able to access their own rosters with student contact information, track enrollment, and take attendance online. What could normally take years or never to shift people to technology happened in weeks. This translated to costs savings and efficient processes!
What amazed me most was the amount of support we received from you in the spring and annual appeals in 2020 and the spring 2021 appeal. The level of support from donors increased in some cases one hundred percent from previous donation history. The number of new donors exceeded expectations and business partners, foundations, donors and new major donors rose to the challenge.
The level of support needed to sustain the Art League over the long-term needs to grow even more in the coming months and years. I hope this update excites and inspires you to realize how your support makes a difference and how we must count on you again for the 2021 year-end annual appeal.
The Art League is the most enviable art center of its kind on Long Island serving a wide and diverse community for whom the arts are a fundamental part of life. Thank you for your loyal support.