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 community. We thank our volunteers, donors, exhibition attendees and members for helping us get through these difficult times. We couldn’t do it without you. I also personally want to recognize Cleveland’s front line healthcare and essential workers for keeping our community safe.

 

Under Covid19’s threat the health of our people is crucial.  To insure their safety our staff began working remotely on March 17 with the Governor’s stay at home order. Overnight AAWR was transformed into a virtual museum. Our building may be closed but we have an engaged online presence through social media and email marketing. A video tour of our gallery has been created as well as a dynamic digital gallery on our website and rotating displays of member art are being presented on Facebook. We’ve even had live webinars with our Archived Artists.  In order to maintain continuity of business operations, our Board and various committees regularly meet via ZOOM teleconferencing.

 

 As part of the Responsible RestartOhio Plan, we will re-open on Wednesday, June 3rd in strict accordance with state guidelines to keep employees and visitors safe. Gallery hours will be limited to Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturdays 12pm – 4pm. All staff and guests will be required to wear masks and stringent sanitations standards will be upheld. In order to maintain social distance, no more than 10 people will be permitted on premises at one time
Though these new rules can be challenging, I am confident that with our hard-working staff, our community of talented artists and your continued donations, we will not only survive but thrive through this trying period. Thank you for being part of the AAWR!

 

Stuart Pearl, AAWR Board
President, May 2020