40 For 40 Club
UPDATE: WE EXCEEDED OUR GOAL! THANK YOU!
We are excited to announce we have exceeded our goal and raised $16,000 through the 40 for 40 Club! We would like to extend a huge thank you to our members and supporters for contributing to this momentous success. We would also like to thank the Albany Center Gallery Board of Directors who matched donations for the 40 for 40 Club – we could not have exceeded our goal without your generous support. Your contribution is an investment in the Capital Region’s visual art community.
As ACG enters its 40th year of showcasing and promoting Capital Region artists, we are taking stock in how we’ve grown. We’ve expanded programs beyond the gallery walls, to vacant buildings, local businesses, surrounding cities and neighborhoods, as well as exterior walls on buildings. In 2015, we exhibited 500 artists to more than 50,000 visitors to Capital Region events, more than any previous year. Our successes are the culmination of 4 decades of perseverance, hard work and commitment, and we would not have made it to our 40th anniversary without you.
Now this is also a time to look ahead and plan for another exciting 40 years and prepare for our new home at 488 Broadway, The Arcade Building. We are excited to raise funds for the move to this newly renovated space and invite you, an important part of ACG’s past and future, to join the 40 for 40 Club, a special group of artists, community leaders and other friends who have donated $40 in honor of ACG’s 40th anniversary. Each donation of $40 or more will be MATCHED by the Albany Center Gallery Board of Directors up to $8,000. Simply put…your $40 donation will become an $80 investment in the region’s visual arts excellence.
And why is this effort so important? It’s no secret that funding is an ongoing struggle for ACG and nearly all art organizations, especially those that promote visual art. When many arts organizations are closing their doors or reducing programs, ACG is very fortunate to have an increased demand for its programs. That comes, however, with the need to deliver. To plan each exhibit’s outreach and promotion takes months in the best, most versatile and convenient space we can offer to the public. In order to become sustainable for another 40 years, we must invest in our future, expand staff and exhibit space, while focusing on outreach and increasing funding.
To invest in ACG’s future is also to support a brighter future of opportunity for our Capital Region artists. The greatest challenge they encounter is finding opportunities to exhibit and sell their work. Through our unique exhibits and satellite shows, artists of every career level are able to participate. Our programs are free and open to the public, so every member of our community is able to access visual art. Looking ahead, we aim to provide more opportunities to artists and programs in which the community can partake. We seek to draw visitors to events, inspire tomorrow’s creative leaders, support arts education for youth and provide fuel for artists to drive the engine of the creative economy.
Thank you so much for considering this special contribution. By joining the 40 for 40 Club, you will join company with those who blaze a bright path for regional artists, future creative professionals and community members who access our free programs.
Very truly yours,
Jessica Mansmith, MNA
President, Board of Directors