Tens of thousands have walked through our door since 1964 to discover a congenial environment and opportunities for everyone. As we end another productive year, we find ourselves in a positive transition and ask that you help us welcome a new Executive Director Katie Schmidt Feder by continuing your annual support. (Read more here about Katie)
As we say goodbye to our retiring Executive Director Carinda Swann, we also seek your help in thanking her in a special way for her eight amazing years of creative and spirited leadership. With a deeply devoted team at her side—staff, board, teachers, students, artists and volunteers—she has increased the stature of the Art Center as a vital part of our community. But central to all her many accomplishments has been her leadership in art education, helping and encouraging all to unleash their creativity and appreciate art in their daily lives. Carinda began her experience here at the Art Center in 1993 as one of our most exciting and valued teachers, and education has been a top priority ever since. To honor her hard work, we are creating the Swann Song Education Fund, which will be used for the continued development and improvement of our in-house education programs and our educational outreach. (Read more here about Carinda)
As you consider your year-end tax-deductible contributions, we hope Garrison Art Center will be at the top of your list. And we hope the enclosed tribute to Carinda will inspire you to add a special amount to your Annual Gift to launch the Swann Song Education Fund, affording us the opportunity to improve our education efforts in a significant way.
VOLUNTEER: As with all non-profit organizations, we thrive in large part because of a generous community. Volunteers established Garrison Art Center in 1964, and volunteers continue to make it possible for us to remain the 'busiest little Art Center in New York'.
Consider lending a hand at one of our fun events throughout the year and become an active part of the Art Center family. All are welcome to come take a look to see what Garrison Art Center is all about. And volunteers will no doubt find that everyone has fun and also feels rewarded. We certainly feel rewarded and are so grateful to all those who join in.