Like most Americans, the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities closed out 2019 looking forward to a prosperous and productive 2020. Little did we know the challenges that lay ahead for all of us, but because of YOU we have had an exciting year.
YOUR contributions during the past several years have helped to provide a home for returning veterans in transition at the Dormitory; and to many arts related businesses in the Village Arts Warehouse which opened in March with full occupancy. Yes, after years of planning, fund raising, many cleanup days, and tremendous community support and philanthropy, the dream has become a reality. The challenges of 2020 could not stop the momentum or excitement!
The building has come alive with art classes, creative movement and dance classes, candle, soap, and jewelry making. The pottery wheel is spinning, body art is appearing, the photography studios are snapping pictures, several different special events have welcomed the community and during the months of November and December, the art gallery is featuring the fine art embroidery work of our very own tenant, Michigan artist Kelly Darke; all while being COVID compliant.
Yes, much has been accomplished; yet, there is so much more to do to keep the dream alive. The Village Arts Warehouse has become a place to bring the community safely together and a haven for so many to find some solace and comfort through the healing power of the arts. The pandemic has challenged us in many ways including financially. We know it has been a year of uncertainty for many and that the financial struggles are real. YOU have believed in the vision and have supported us in the past and we hope that we can count on you again this year as we work together with our tenants and other partners to create diverse inclusive programs that are reflective of our community.
We have tried to make it simple for you to continue your contribution to the Partnership by creating an online portal. It’s as easy as a click https://partnershipforarts.org/giving/ This one click will make a difference in the life a returning veteran, support an inspirational artist and provide a safe place for people in the community to come together. The different donor recognition levels are outlined on the web page.
If you’d like a tour of the property, please contact our new Executive Director, Wendy
Harless, at (734) 765-7061 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wendy started with the Partnership in the Fall as Jill Engel transitioned to our Development Specialist.
We do hope you are safe and healthy. We are thankful for your past support and hope we can count on you as we bring people together through the arts.
Humbly and with very sincere thanks,
Partnership for the Arts and Humanities