A Letter from Board President, Kevin Scarborough

As President of the Board of Gallery 263, I have had the wonderful opportunity to watch the gallery expand its programming and impact on our community every year. 2016 was certainly no exception, marking a period of incredible development for our organization as we welcomed new staff and board members, deepened our partnership with the Cambridge Community Foundation, and ran many successful events and initiatives including our first-ever Kickstarter campaign. Of course, that is to say nothing of our incredible and diverse programming throughout the year, including juried shows, artist-curated exhibitions, residencies, music, theater, yoga, stand-up comedy and more.

In fact, in 2016 alone, we have

  • Shown 13 exhibitions
  • Held 62 music shows
  • Supported 30 artist members
  • Housed 4 artist residents
  • Hosted 98 yoga classes
  • Organized 18 special events

Of course, like all non-profit organizations, we couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of friends like you. We are so incredibly grateful for every dollar you leave in our donation box, every music show you attend, every event ticket you purchase and every PayPal donation you make on our website.

We cannot thank you enough, but we need your support now more than ever.

While we are so proud of everything we have accomplished since Gallery 263 was founded eight years ago, we need to do more. We find ourselves in a very tense cultural moment with many daily reminders of deep divisions in our society. We firmly believe in the power of art as catharsis, healing, expression, engagement, enrichment, and exchange, and know that our reach and impact must continue to grow as our values are challenged.

With that, I’d like to announce our 2017 fundraising campaign, Small Pieces/Big Difference: Build Community with Us. With each donation, we will add pieces to a large puzzle in the Gallery 263 window, culminating in a symbol of our neighborhood’s continued dedication to the arts, spirit of collaboration, strength, and wholeness.

Funds raised from this project will bolster the gallery’s ability to empower artists, to deliver dynamic and engaging programming, and to deepen our community’s powerful bond around seeing, hearing, feeling, and creating art.

1,200 pieces will need to be sized-up, rotated, moved around, put back down, picked back up, aligned, and pieced together in order to reach our goal of $12,000 in this campaign. With each $10 raised, we will add one piece to the puzzle.

The campaign will run from February 10 to March 10. What does the puzzle picture? We will have to see…

After making your donation, Save the Date for the reception on March 4th

Thank you so much for your continued support, participation and appreciation of what we do at Gallery 263.

Sincerely,

Kevin Scarborough, President

and the Gallery 263 Board of Directors:

David Craft

Marissa Finer, Vice President

Laura Francis, Treasurer

Courtney Gallagher

Angie Gregor

Mark Gregor

Amelia Hollander Ames

Carolyn Sirois

Hannah Swartz

Ben Wallace