July 2020

Dear Friends of the Arts,

Since our reopening on July 2, we have welcomed a diverse group of visitors who were extremely grateful to be able to walk through our galleries and historic buildings once again, and for many, for the first time.

Even though we were temporarily closed to the public for a few months due to the coronavirus, we were hardly inactive. Thanks to our dedicated Museum staff members and funding from philanthropic Foundations and generous individuals, we completed a major technology systems upgrade, installed new HVAC units and repaired and repainted our historic Griswold House porch. And our Curatorial team installed two new exhibitions: “Complex Terrain(s)” and “Private Moments: Photographs from Another Era by Bob Colacello.”

Our Development and Finance staff were busy submitting grants and applications that resulted in a Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan and generous operating grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

We have been able to bring our entire staff back to work and everyone has adjusted beautifully to the new safety and cleaning procedures.

All of us remain confident and inspired by the fact that the arts will help knit our communities and society back together as we navigate our way through this challenging time.

Norah Diedrich, Executive Director