ALBANY — Those at downtown Albany’s longstanding art gallery has kept itself busy throughout a relentless pandemic that has pushed foot traffic away.
While safely circumventing virus-related restrictions, Albany Center Gallery has presented seven gallery exhibitions. Through the help of local donors and businesses, ACG Director Tony Iadicicco made such exhibits available online as virtual 3-D tours. ACG also collaborated with partners to spearhead the Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund raising over $10,000 for local artists in need.
Now, it’s asking for help as it sprearheads a fundraiser.
“Humanity turns to art for comfort, for healing, for expressing,” said Iadicicco. “We believe art is not a want, but a need.”
Fund raising incentives include; your name listed on the ACG website and a handwritten “thank you” card ($25+), recognition on the donor wall at ACG for one year ($50+), an annual Artist Friend ACG membership ($100+) and a pair of ACG wine glasses ($250+).
“The future is uncertain, but we know we need art to be in it,” said Iadicicco. He added how ACG is more than a gallery space that showcases high-quality exhibitions. We focus on creating and providing opportunities for regional artists, offering impactful programming and outreach, inspiring young creatives, and introducing community members to thoughtful artwork, all while collaborating with local businesses and fostering an inclusive, welcoming art space for individuals of all backgrounds.
“We embark on our year-end campaign with a goal of raising $16,000 by December 31, but we can’t do it without your help.”
Every dollar you donate will be matched by ACG’s Board of Directors and an anonymous donor up to $8,000. Donors are invited to text “donate” to 218-595-2294 to join the movement of aiding the arts together.
Contact the gallery for additional information.
“Only with you are we able to continue the work we do with the creative community,” Iadicicco said. “Any amount of contribution is appreciated.