A Message From AAWR’s Board President Stuart Pearl

Every great organization builds on the visionary labor of its founders and the ongoing support of its members. AAWR is no different. We want to thank all of our volunteers, donors, exhibition attendees and supporters for helping us get through these difficult times. I also personally want to recognize Cleveland’s front line healthcare and essential workers. They are making great sacrifices for our community and are deeply appreciated.

The health of our people is crucial. To insure this our staff began working remotely on March 24th under the Governor’s stay at home order. Overnight AAWR was transformed into a Virtual Museum. Even though our building is now closed we have a vibrant and engaged online presence through social media. Virtual tours of the gallery are being given and a rotating display of member’s art is being presented on Facebook. We’ve even had live webinars with some of our Archived Artists. In order to maintain continuity of business operations, the Board, staff, and our various committee members regularly meet via ZOOM teleconferencing.

Ohio’s stay-at-home orders have been extended through May 29, 2020. As part of the Responsible RestartOhio Plan, museums, Aquariums, zoos, and similar institutions will remain closed until additional orders are given. When AAWR does reopen, it will be in accordance with guidelines provided to keep both our employees and visitors safe.

The Covid19 pandemic and subsequent lock-down have created uncertain times. We are confronted with new social rules that make it difficult to enjoy Cleveland’s wealth of galleries and cultural arts events. I am confident though that with our hard working staff, talented artists and greatly appreciated supporters we will make it through this trying period.

 

Stuart Pearl

AAWR Board President – May 2020