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It has been reported that over one third of the nation’s museums will not survive the near future due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to share with you that the Thousand Islands Arts Center ~ Home of the Handweaving Museum is enduring the extraordinary circumstances brought on by the pandemic with thoughtful determination, timely decision making, and forthright action. 

The trustees, under the advice and guidance of our very competent and disciplined staff, have approved pared down expenses, cancelled many long held events including the annual Weaving History Conference, and Antique and Arts and Craft shows, and stepped up their individual membership giving to help weather the crisis.

We have sought and received federal financial assistance and kept our wonderful staff working. We also stayed true to our mission to the River community showcasing world class artist Will Salisbury with a Retrospective and Catalogue with the exclusive support of generous underwriters. Our juried exhibition ATRE is now installed and being enjoyed by many. Finally, we opened Finders Keepers, a resale shop featuring eclectic and gently used vintage goods and antiques, staffed by trustees and other volunteers.

Despite the severe limitations that COVID wrought, there were some 2020 highlights, including:

  • Six of seven kids’ camps ran;
  • 35% of adult programming was held, including an intensive painting class with nationally known instructor David Becker, after we were allowed to open in late June;
  • Record attendance for Salisbury Retrospective; and
  • Membership rose 15%.

We recognize that the pandemic will have lingering effects. We are taking steps to incorporate that mindset in 2021 and 2022 planning and budgeting. With that in mind we invite you as a vital part of our TIAC community to help us close the 2020 year with a positive cash flow. Please consider making an extra gift of any amount at this time to help us close our $29,500 deficit. It will help assure a firm foundation for TIAC’s future, and the continuation of first-class art and culture in our beloved River communities.

Sincerely yours,

Board of Trustees and Staff

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