Dear Friends of Pacific Art League,
A year ago, I wrote to you and asked for your support of Pacific Art League and our newly minted Community Engagement Programs. Now, just a short time later I am happy to update you on the success of those programs.
A year ago, we were just developing our New Day Program in partnership with Downtown Streets Team. We are now on our third cohort and classes are stronger than ever. I make a point of visiting each class and am amazed at how organically we have built a new community of artists and the excitement in the brand-new experiences these artists share at PAL.
The model has proved so successful that we are now in our first cohort of Veterans suffering from PTSD injuries. With each passing class, I see the community forming-slowly, but growing stronger.
Last week I took the group on a tour of the newly-renovated SF MoMA. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to watch them as the docent gave them insights into the glorious Fisher Collection.
As we sat down to our lunch and I looked upon them, getting to know each other, discussing the collection and inspiring one another, I saw sheer joy. They later told me they felt like kings and queens. My sincerest gratitude goes out to you for helping us build this community.
We will begin a new program with East Side Prep in the new year-teaching digital art to kids who have shown exceptional talent and drive. We also continue our work with Redwood City Police Activities League and the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.
Pacific Art League has always been about community. Artists need a place where they can come together and share and grow and create.
This holiday season, I hope we can count on your support with a gift of to help us sustain and build upon that strong foundation and to better serve all our artists, students, instructors and friends.
My best wishes for a happy holiday season filled with light, color and of course, ART.
Shannon McDonnell, Executive Director