As 2016 comes to a close, I am excited to share just a few of the things that we accomplished this year at The Center for Contemporary Art.
Art enriches our lives!
We offered another year filled with hundreds of art classes and workshops for adults, and classes and summer art camps for children and teens. We expanded our ceramics program with the addition of a gas kiln, spray booth and ventilation system. In our galleries we presented an impressive roster of exhibitions including guest-curated exhibitions, faculty shows, a travelling exhibition of Indo-American art, solo exhibitions by emerging artists, juried and non-juried member shows, and the annual International Juried Exhibition.
Art benefits everyone!
At The Center we recognize the diversity of our community’s abilities and needs and are committed to enabling all visitors to experience the benefits of arts education in a safe, supportive setting. This year we doubled the number of our community outreach programs. In addition to providing ongoing art classes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and workshops for adults affected by cancer and adults with disabilities, we launched art classes at four county senior centers and two pilot programs – one for homeless teens and another for teens in recovery from substance abuse. We were proud to be commended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for the “depth of programs and services for people with disabilities and underserved populations.”
Art brings communities together!
Every vibrant community has art at its center. This year we presented “Hooray for May!,” a family art day, free-of-charge to the community for a third year. Over four hundred artists of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of art-making and gallery tours. We also hosted Youth Art Month exhibitions for Somerset County for a fourteenth year, exhibiting the artwork and fostering the artistic development of one hundred and thirty-seven young artists and welcoming nearly five hundred students, siblings, parents, grandparents and art teachers to our galleries.
At this time we are asking for your year-end support so that we can continue to provide exceptional art programs to all members of our community. Tuition from classes and workshops covers just a portion of operating and administrative expenses, and the cost of maintaining an historic building. We rely upon contributions from individual artists, students, members and supporters like you to help us close the gap. The annual appeal is a key factor in keeping our programs within reach of the broadest possible audience.
2017 promises to be another great year. I hope that you will want to be a part of it! By making a tax-deductible contribution to The Center for Contemporary Art, you will share in our successes.
Elie Porter Trubert
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