All of us at the National Center of Afro-American Artists hope that you and your family are managing well during the current coronavirus pandemic.
We smaller non-profit cultural arts organizations struggle in the best of times, but the current period is particularly challenging for us. With doors closed due to COVID-19, programs are profoundly interrupted as we work to find new formats to serve our community and supporters. Meanwhile, essential costs such as insurances, utilities and personnel mount despite the limited help of programs such as the Payroll Protection.
Concurrently, we have undertaken an essential project to restore our building, Abbotsford, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.The Abbotsford Capital Campaign seeks to replace the slate roof and copper gutters and to repair related masonry in order to secure the mansion from water invasion and structural damage. Work is already underway. This is the first phase of a total renovation that will likely be in the range of $5.5 to $6 million.
When the pandemic abates, the fiscal landscape for organizations such as ours will be radically different. In addition to our building restoration efforts, we must invest now in preparing for that future, and we need your help. I appeal to you to take a moment and make a tax-deductible contribution to the National Center of Afro-American Artists, New England’s oldest independent black cultural institution. Help us continue bringing our perspective and participation to the society that we share. Our work, and the understanding that it fosters, is vital to the social healing that racial turmoil has highlighted over recent years. Support us in growing and sustaining programs that promote humane and restorative values, and that sustain diversity within our community of cultural institutions.
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Thank you for your past and present support.
Edmund Barry Gaither,