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Giving Guide 2020

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18 Giving Guide 2020 Worcester Business Journal www.wbjournal.com Fitchburg Art Museum Nick Capasso Director Susan Roetzer Board Chair MISSION STATEMENT SERVICE AREA: Central and Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. A catalyst for learning, creativity, and community building, the Fitchburg Art Museum accomplishes its mission with art historical collections and exhibitions, special exhibitions of contemporary New England art, education programs, public art projects, community partnerships, and creative economy initiatives. Foundation and Corporate Support ........................... 23% Individual Members and Donors ............................ 16% Endowment Income ........ 57% TOP FUNDING SOURCES: Susan Roetzer, President Nadine Price, Vice President Joseph Sylvia, Treasurer Annelisa Addante, Secretary Holly Elissa Bruno Carol Canner Anna Clementi Robert Gallo Gale Simonds Hurd Robert Jokela Richard Lapidus Peter Laytin Roderick Lewin Achla Madan Fitchburg Art Museum 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Phone: 978-345-4207 fitchburgartmuseum.org Full-time employees: 10 Annual revenues: $1.4 million Year founded: 1925 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Nadine Martel Ryan J. McGuane Martin D. McNamara William McSheehy Susan Cunio Salem Karen Spinelli Anthony Terrana FUTURE GOALS GIVING OPPORTUNITIES FUNDRAISING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS Fitchburg Art Museum closed its doors temporarily in March 2020 and looks forward to reopening on July 22 to visitors. Museums are special places for healing, personal transformation, and community building, and FAM will again be here for everyone. FAM will have a vital role to play in the community and region's recovery in the months ahead. FAM continues to serve our community by working with our members and partners to determine how we can meet their needs in these challenging times. We are adapting our programs to offer online and take-home resources to schools and community groups until they can safely return to our galleries. FAM's most critical need is flexible unrestricted operating support as we respond to the quickly changing landscape. FAM is committed to maintaining a creative relationship with our valued audience. Follow us on social media for daily #MuseumFromHome updates and explore digital programming on our website. Fitchburg Art Museum's overarching strategic goals are to be vital in our exhibitions and programs, to emphasize education, to embrace community service, to align with best professional practices, and to insure our sustainability. Specific goals include: • Build on our vision of community service through established partnerships with the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University, NewVue Communities, ArtsWorcester, and others to develop col- laborative cultural, educational, and creative economy programs. *In 2020-21, we expect many of these programs to be online or take-home, rather than on-site. • Offer life-long learning opportunities that respond to the needs of the community, from structured classes and school field trips, to informal, spontaneous learning, so that every visitor will discover meaningful and personal ways to engage with art. *In 2020-21, we expect many of these programs to be online or take-home, rather than on-site. • Plan for a neighborhood, arts-based after-school program in coordination with the development of affordable artist live/work- space in the former school buildings adjacent to FAM. • Continue to organize exciting exhibitions of artworks by con- temporary New England artists. Corporate Membership provides important operating support for FAM and its work in the community, while offering corporate members the chance to participate in the fine art poster loan program and to offer employees year-round free admission to FAM, as well as discounts on classes and programs. Annual Fund provides much-needed unrestricted funding to help FAM achieve its mission to be a catalyst for learning, creativity, and community building. The Norcross Society, named in honor of our founder, Eleanor Norcross, provides the opportunity for recognition of our leading Annual Fund donors, as well as special invitations to events and programs. Individual Membership offers year-round free admission and a variety of levels and benefits for individuals to support and participate in FAM's activities. Targeted Gifts support a variety of education programs, such as buses for school field trips and family learning lounges throughout the public galleries, as well as the underwriting of admission costs for special groups such as people with disabilities, the elderly, and other underserved audiences. The Fitchburg Art Museum presents numerous exhibitions, programs, events, educational and community outreach activities for which it seeks outside funding. Many of these activities are ongoing or repeat annually and provide opportunities for long-term partnership with FAM. We hope to resume on-site public programs and events in Spring 2021. Examples include: • Bi-lingual Initiative: FAM is becoming New England's first fully bilingual (English/Spanish) art museum. • Community Gallery: Exhibition space reserved for the exhibition of works of art sponsored by schools, community organizations, and artist groups in Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester, and surrounding cities and towns in Central New England. • Exhibitions: Lively exhibitions of contemporary art by New England artists, including a three-part series celebrating the industrial heritage of our region. • Art in Bloom: Flower arrangements inspired by the art on display and a related weekend of activities, co-organized with the Laurelwood Garden Club of Fitchburg in spring. This year we were proud to present Art in Bloom: An Online Floral Challenge for Everyone. FAM welcomes interested individuals to participate in our volunteer Docent Program of trained art interpreters who give tours to the public and school groups. FAM also relies on volunteers in a variety of administrative and programming capacities. Remote opportunities available.

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