After an unparalleled year and a half of cancellations and closures, North River Arts Society is moving forward. This past year, we have concentrated on rebuilding our infrastructure in order to provide us with the flexibility to respond to uncertain conditions and we hope to continue making strategic improvements, with your help.
To improve our management capabilities and enhance communication with our membership, we have updated our technology systems to include a new website with easier online class registration and an online membership renewal process.
One of our most important efforts this year has been to revitalize our educational programming. Providing excellence in art education to our community is at the heart of the NRAS mission. Our community has grown with the advent of online communications, like Zoom, to encompass an audience far beyond the South Shore. We responded by developing online programming with our successful Winter 2021 Demo Series and our new Online With The Masters Demo Series, taught by nationally recognized artists. Our in-person Adult and Youth programming is also being reinvigorated with a Wednesday After School Program, a growing roster of weekly classes, Saturday one-day workshops, and the introduction of new instructors on our staff.
In response to the pandemic, over the summer and fall we pivoted to plein air and limited in-person classes. Our Annual Festival of the Arts returned as a virtual event, and we look forward to an in-person Festival on Memorial Day weekend 2022!
We’ve heard from students and teachers alike that it means so much to come together and share creative energy. But, with the future still uncertain, we will continue a two-pronged effort to include both in-person and online offerings.
Several important physical updates have been completed on the G.A.R. Hall, including handicap access at the side entrance, making our headquarters ADA-compliant. The basement of the building is being refurbished with a new tile floor, and extensive repairs to the back of the building have been completed. The Town of Marshfield is finishing up sidewalk and road repairs which improve our parking capabilities. As a special bonus, major landscaping and a new driveway were installed last spring through the generosity of Seoane Landscape Design of Abington, MA.
We have managed to keep our doors open, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and with the assistance of two PPP government-sponsored loans, but the future is still somewhat uncertain. Our educational component is on its way but not yet back to a sustaining level, and our critical fundraising events and gatherings are still being greatly impacted.
During this upcoming season of giving, we hope that you will include the North River Arts Society in your charitable-giving plans with a tax-deductible donation to help us continue our operations. Please make a donation today, either online by going to northriverarts.org and hitting the Donate button, or via mail: North River Arts Society, P. O. Box 307, Marshfield Hills, MA 02051. All contributions are tax deductible and we qualify for matching gifts.
We are very grateful for your ongoing support, and we sincerely hope that you will continue to look to NRAS as your provider of community-based art programming. We look forward to seeing you at NRAS in 2022!
President, North River Arts Society