Note from Our Director

A Call to Action

March 20, 2020

 

Dear Friends of WKMA,

 

Much like you, everyone at William King Museum of Art is grappling with the changes unfolding daily, sometimes even hourly as we all come together to combat this international crisis. Our staff, who I have always considered extended family, is working remotely whenever possible so that they may ensure their families are cared for and safe. Their well-being and yours is paramount to me. 

Museum staff worked tirelessly throughout the winter months to bring an exciting spring season to our visitors, including exhibits, programs, fundraisers, and classes. Their efforts and dedication to serving our community have always made me proud. The planning for our spring programming came to a sudden and unexpected halt two weeks ago, just as the last exhibition of our new season was being installed. My hope is that we will once again be able to welcome you in to see everything the Museum has to offer by March 30. Please check our website WilliamKingMuseum.org before visiting to ensure that WKMA is open to visitors.

Particularly during this time of crisis, I have seen countless instances of people turning to the arts for comfort, for self-expression, for inspiration, and for an escape. It has been inspiring to see so many creative talents and institutions (including WKMA) answer this call, finding new ways to engage with the public through lessons, tours, demonstrations, and more. It is during moments of darkness such as this that people turn to the arts in search of light and hope. 

As we navigate this shifting landscape together, my focus for the Museum becomes sustainability. The Museum’s positive impact on the community has been felt by so many and we hope to continue this tradition well into the future. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the coming months, which is already having a profound impact on nonprofits, including arts organizations like WKMA. In this unpredictable time, we need your support more than ever. If you are able, we hope that you will consider a donation today to help sustain us now and to secure our role in our community in the years ahead.  
During this time of crisis, it is my hope that you, your family, and mine remain healthy.
It is with my sincerest regards that I wish us all well.

 

Betsy K. White
Director, William King Museum of Art

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