To Our Beloved Community:
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and that you have been able to find moments of hope during this trying time.
As you know, in addition to the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on the health and lives on individuals and families, the quarantine measures required to slow the spread of the virus have made a significant impact on our economy. It has also caused extreme financial stress in the arts sector, especially on small non-profit arts institutions like The Art School at Old Church. We need your help.
For the past several weeks, we have been asking you to #createfromhome as a means of continuing your craft and inspiring others with your creativity during this uncertain time. In late March, we launched our Virtual Classroom—online classes, workshops, and one-on-one mentorships—to keep our community creative and connected.
This week, on #GivingTuesdayNow (May 5), we will kick off an ambitious 10-day fundraising campaign to help keep the future of our organization bright. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity initiated as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Will you help us raise $10,000 in 10 days?
Due to social distancing measures, we have cancelled our regular Spring semester—a loss of at least $140,000 in revenue. That number represents faculty and staff salaries, art supplies, equipment maintenance, building upkeep, and utilities.
During this difficult time, we are committed to supporting our staff and faculty while offering quality instruction to students at a fair price. (Our online classes average $12.50 or less an hour.) All the while, we are facing mounting financial losses from cancellation of instruction which can only be done in-person in our studios with our tools.
We hope to make up small portion of this deficit through this 10-day, $10,000 campaign, so that we can ensure a bright future for The Art School at Old Church when we are able to gather together in the studios once again. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.tasoc.org/support.
Thank you for any donation you can make, big or small. And please, continue to keep up with your #createfromhome projects!
Lisa Beth Vettoso, Executive Director
And the entire staff at The Art School at Old Church
The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit art school and gallery offering over 80 classes per semester. Tuition and membership fees alone do not cover all of our operating expenses. We rely on the generosity of donors to maintain the quality of our classes and programming and to make improvements and upgrades to our school.
In 2019, our milestone 45th year, your support helped us provide art experiences to more than 2,000 students, while achieving many of our long-term goals, including:
• Launching an online registration platform
• Partnering with local schools to bring our artists into their classrooms, as well as welcoming more students into our studios and galleries
• Expanding our outreach efforts to serve more students with special needs
• Offering more free events to the public, including exhibits, receptions, artist talks, and workshops
TASOC is extremely grateful to our donors who have given funds in the past. Please consider supporting this great cultural institution. You can make a donation through PayPal by clicking on the donate button below. Tax-deductible donations, gifts, and employer matching programs are always welcome and can be included with your registration as well.
The Art School is in need of a new electric kiln to keep our Ceramic Studio running efficiently. Please consider making a donation to help us make this a reality for our students.
Any donation, great or small, helps offset the cost of the kiln. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
You can make a donation through PayPal by clicking on the donate button below. All donations are tax-deductible!