Dear Art League Friends and Family,
It’s time for me to update you on what’s been going on at the Art League. Let’s start with the tremendous results of the 2019 Signature Matching Gifts Campaign. Thanks to you, we raised $51,433 which includes $25,000 generously matched by Board President, Harlan J. Fischer and his wife Olivia Fischer. The proceeds are being used for much needed repairs, improvements and investments in programs and services.
Some more good news! Four out of five major capital improvements have been completed to date with the proceeds from the New York State Economic Development Assistance Program (NYS EDAP) Grant. So far, we have replaced the communication system, WIFI and network infrastructure, fire alarm control panel and detection devices, purchased 10 brand new Apple Computers for the office and replaced 16 parking and building lights with LED lighting. The last project is the replacement of three environmentally approved HVAC units expected to be installed this month. Although New York State generously funded $125,000 for the projects, additional costs were incurred in the course of improvements, exceeding the Grant amount.
On another note, the Art League wrapped up its fiscal year end on August 31, 2019. Financial performance from internal reporting shows just a slight 1.5% increase in revenues while expenses are up 4.3%. The cost of doing business is forever on the rise making it even harder to keep pace. Thanks to you again, we are grateful for your constant support and response to the Art League’s Spring and Annual Appeal Challenges and your participation in community events we host year-round.
Just a sneak preview about what’s been going on in the Ceramics Department since my last update. As you know last year’s appeal proceeds were invested in renovating and adding another ceramic studio, purchasing supplies, building a RAKU firing station and hiring Puneeta Mittal, new Department Head to manage and lead the ceramics program. With Puneeta’s energy, knowledge and experience running successful ceramic programs, her vision with her team of instructors is to create the premier Ceramics Center on Long Island. The Art League has the advantage of expanding and building outdoor kilns on its spacious property that will surely interest ceramic artists to explore alternative firing methods. More to come on this best kept secret.
I hope I can count on you again on Sunday, November 10th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm to support the Empty Bowls Event. The Art League, in collaboration with the Suffolk County Council VFW will host an event to support the Veterans of Suffolk County. Come on down and join us for soup, salad and delicious bread donated by the SCCVFW. Purchase a handmade, food-safe bowl for $20 made by ceramic artists who donated their time and the bowls for the event. All proceeds will go to the Suffolk County Council VFW.
As we move into the holiday season, I wish you a wonderful time with family and friends. I’ll be back in touch before the end of the year. Thank you again.