Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Mendocino Art Center ‘Grapples With a Significant Overall Budgetary Shortfall’: Please Consider Supporting

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino Art Center:


A vibrant gardent and striking sculpture in the front of the Mendocino Art Center [Photograph from the MAC]

Thanks to YOU, our amazing community of supporters for donating to the Mendocino Art Center’s 2022 year end appeal. We raised $25,000 of the $50,000 target match from the community. This generosity will enable the MAC to continue our dynamic Ceramics, Artists-in-Residence, and expanded Youth programs.

Though the support was generous, it did not meet expectations as the MAC grapples with a significant overall budgetary shortfall. To help address this issue, the opportunity for the $25,000 match has been extended to June 2023.

Donations may be made at https://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/donate

While these matching donations will help sustain us in the short term, we have had to begin to seriously regroup. We will work with our Community Advisory Council and other stakeholders to explore and develop a forward looking and sustainable direction and Strategic Plan for the MAC. Many people have reached out to us with concern for the future of the MAC. We want to reassure you that the Board is committed to maintaining the quality of art in our galleries and classes, even though the quantity may be reduced. The MAC Board has stepped up to perform many of the tasks required to sustain activities for the near future.

Staffing and some traditional programs such as Fine Art, Fiber Arts and Jewelry have been temporarily downsized. Our gallery program, critical to our mission, will be managed by the Exhibitions Committee made up of Board members and volunteers.

The MAC Board is dedicated to fundraising and changing our strategic and business plans to address the present needs of the community for art. We have updated mission and vision statements based on our community outreach that can be the foundation for our goals and strategies moving forward. Art is so important, especially now, in our uncertain and challenging times. We have a sense of hope and opportunity as we regroup and redevelop the Mendocino Art Center, the place where art happens!

We welcome any input from the community. Please contact the MAC at boardchair@mendocinoartcenter.org to volunteer to assist in our crafting of a new vision or to give us your thoughts and suggestions.

It’s never too late to give to MAC as we continue toward our match.

Donations may be made at https://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/donate

Thank you so much for caring about the Art Center.

Mendocino Art Center Board of Directors

Debra Lennox, President • Patrick Keller, Vice President • Dr. Don Paglia, Secretary
Todd Sheffield, Treasurer • Todd Cole • Dale Moyer • Janis Porter • Lucia Zacha

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