“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
So why is supporting a nonprofit art organization important?
Art creates conversation in a community. It’s not just about the artwork – it’s about what the artist says – and what the viewer hears…and no, you don’t just hear with your ears.
A picture, a statue, a carving makes you feel something, joy or sadness, contemplation or questioning. The artist wants you to react, to wonder, to speculate, to marvel. Nonprofit art organizations can bring to the community work that is not commercial – and without the support a nonprofit provides, the artwork would not be seen in the community. And nonprofits get their support from donors…like you. For MFA – donations are 40% of our budget.
The more types of art, whether representational or abstract, calming or alarming, colorful or monochrome that are displayed in a community, the more we share with each other.
Which right now is a good thing.
“Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so.” Henri Matisse
As we come off a very heated and divided election, we, as Americans, need to have more places to consider what we share as a people – the hopes and dreams for our children and the world they live in.
Artwork changes your thoughts, your attitude, your viewpoint. It can turn fear to hope – or visa versa. When MFA plans an exhibition, whether in Circle Gallery or at many of the numerous locations where we hang artwork, we hope to inspire thought. When a Hospice worker who deals all day with death finds inspiration in a painting, faith is restored. When a visitor to the Annapolis Maritime Museum sees threats of climate change evidenced in photography, awareness is heightened. The artwork should elicit a reaction.
Circle Gallery is place to continue dialog. You might be introspective in your approach, quietly examining what the artwork means to you. Or you might be collaboratively
conversational in discussing a painting with friends. Either way – the gallery is a place where you can have that conversation, carefully or casually, safely and securely, with regard for you and for what the artwork makes you feel.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr Suess
Artwork expresses different perspectives. MFA brings those perspectives to the community to build bridges between people and ideas. Ideas have the power to transform our understanding of what tomorrow can be.
And surely that is worth supporting.
Giving Tuesday:November 29