The Artisans, who manage the Artisan Gallery and the non-profit organization Stepping Up For Arts, is facing two major challenges in 2018. First, our Gallery is losing its rental space as of October 2018, where more than 70 local artists display and sell their fine art. Losing this space negatively impacts the individual revenues of our local artists, minimizes our presence in the community and reduces our ability to support both in human and financial resources our non-profit Stepping Up For Arts.
Meeting the art needs of our county teachers and students is our second challenge. We have recently become aware that the county teachers receive about $1.00 per student for art supplies each year. Stepping Up For Arts, our non-profit, has consistently provided financial resources to those teachers and students, having contributed more than $30,000 to those endeavors. Now we are faced with having to increase our revenues to support these needs. With the potential disappearance of the Gallery, due to lack of space, we risk losing the help they have given us.
In the past, our overhead had been reduced due to assistance from kindly and generous folks like yourself. Now the process of moving and renting new space presents short term financial challenges that we hope you can help us overcome. Thank you in advance for your generous help. And thanks to everyone who has supported the Artisans Gallery for the last 8 years!