If you haven’t yet heard or noticed, the Mt. Airy Art Garage received a brand new set of front doors, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Sure, the old ones had their charm, but these new ones — well, they’re truly fabulous and reflect the diverse and talented spirit of our member artists.
With the arrival of this new facade, we’ve been hearing this question a lot: “Doesn’t it feel good to be done?”
Well, why yes, it does feel good to finally achieve our exterior renovation; however, to be honest, we here, at MAAG, are never quite done. While it may seem that the completion of our facade symbolizes the end of our progression, we are far from long-term sustainability. Trust me, we love doing what we do. We love hosting exhibits, events, and programming that makes art a vital and essential part of the community. Just see for yourself a few of the things we’ve accomplished since the beginning of 2013 besides ushering in our new front doors…
- Remained home to five talented, working-artist studios
- Continued our monthly Jazz Jams, Artists’ Breakfast Clubs, and Quilt Clubs
- Boasted talented performers and a packed house at our International Women’s Day Celebration!
- Hosted an ol’ fashioned and affordable Artists’ Garage Sale
- Entertained Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque for the Valentine’s Day Dance
- Participated in an on-site CultureBlocks Philadelphia discussion
- Offered Live Model Drawing classes, a Plein Air class, and Art for Kids classes
- Painted 25 rain barrels in association with the Environmental Protection Agency and our great community of Northwest artists (ranging in age from 10-85!).
- Became home to the Love, Twelve initiative for cancer survivors
- Become the home for Northwest Community Paint Days for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
- Hosted several exhibits such as “Faces, Families, and Relationships”, “Earth Day Through the Artist’s Eye”, and “Summer Show Off”, our first open call, nonmember show
- Loved every minute of it…
2014 holds even more exciting events already in the works—a city-wide quilt show, film series, and ongoing community partnerships. Yet, at the end of the day, all of this programming costs money, and we’re still a young nonprofit doing our absolute best to make it in a tough economy. So, we’re asking you to show your financial support and commit to a tax-deductible donation to MAAG.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, without YOU, there is no US. There never has been, and there never will be. We’ll show our gratitude on our next project— the MAAG “Thank-You” wall for our gracious supporters.
If you share in our dreams, and believe, as we do, that MAAG is really making a difference, then support us. Donate generously, donate now.