Seven years ago, I condensed all of my hopes and visions for The Art Garden into the following Mission Statement:
The Art Garden seeks to create a nurturing, non-judgmental and inspirational environment where people of all ages and experience can engage in the creative process and the exploration and exchange of ideas through individual and collaborative art-making. Relationships between materials, images, ideas, self, and community are cultivated with questioning, poetic vision and social/ecological consciousness.
I am so delighted that this statement IS TRUE about our work AND that it can be seen in the tiny Art Garden Alphabet book that is part of our 2016 annual appeal mailing!
Every end-of-the-year we send out a visually embellished envelope, collaboratively written letter and small visual ‘gift’ that reflects on what we have accomplished in the past year, and who we are. Our hope is that the ‘who we are’ is conveyed not only in the words and images, but also in the physical form and sensual experience of a mostly hand-made gesture.
Thank you Laura, John, Elisabeth, Cheryl, Ardath, Kristen, Sam, Kate, Cosima and Reed for helping cut and glue art-stamps and fold, score and hand-bind over 500 tiny alphabet books!
Thanks also to Honey Bunny for her patient supervising!
Thank you Art Garden board members Kate Bailey, Candace Bradbury-Carlin, John Hoffman, Laura Iveson and James Smith for your collaboration and commitment to The Art Garden and our good work.
Thank you also to all of our [over 200 and growing!] individual supporters!
We would not be here without you.
If you would like to receive our 2016 mailing please email your name and address to email@example.com.
If you would like to support The Art Garden’s work, you can make a secure contribution using our donate button on this website.
You can also send a check (made out to The Art Garden) to our mailing address:
The Art Garden, 4 Union St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.
Good work = Light in the world!
Do good work!
Be the light our world needs in 2017!