As we are all aware, Covid-19 continues to shape our lives. While the impact now is certainly softer than at the pandemic's onset, its effects are being felt longer than originally anticipated. Falls Church Arts takes very seriously its mission to serve the public and is guided by that concern when evaluating the decision of when and how to reopen our physical gallery. Some larger, better equipped organizations like the National Gallery have opted for very limited access (only one floor, one building) and restricted hours with timed-ticket entry only. Other organizations large and small, such as the Phillips, McLean Project for the Arts, and Blackrock, are offering only online experiences. While Falls Church Arts Gallery is currently closed, we continue to work to fulfill our mission by offering non-contact engagement, such as a video featuring works from our "Women's Journey" exhibition, monthly online artist roundtable discussions, and online classes and workshops.
To secure firm financial footing, we have redoubled our efforts at applications for grants and have successfully secured grant funding in excess of anything in our history, including first-time and multiple funds from Arts Fairfax as well as the Commonwealth and The City of Falls Church. Our members continue to recognize our all-volunteer efforts with gracious and heartfelt contributions, both in memory of our past-president extraordinaire, Barb Cram, and as independent unique gifts.
Since the pandemic’s onset, the Board has met formally every two weeks to plan and execute new programming, and ongoing discussion always includes the topic of gallery reopening. We hope to be able to consider a very limited and very controlled opening sometime before the end of the year. In the meantime, we continue to push new boundaries online and are moving forward with our 2020 Plein Air competition, offering artists the opportunity to stay healthily apart in the outdoors while making art and promoting awareness.
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