The GCA grant provided much
needed general operating support, so that the museum could move forward with
its plans for FY18. These included 16 temporary exhibitions, 11 long-term
installations of the permanent collection, and 57 lectures, artists’ talks,
gallery talks and special presentations related to the shows, all of which were
open to the public free of charge. Onsite educational programs included Art
Adventures, Teen Studio, Morning Mindfulness, films, Student Nights, Family
Days, Toddler Tuesdays, and K-12 tours, including the Fifth Grade Tour, with
free RT bus transportation to classes in 14 local schools. GMOA presented a
concert of opera arias, and hosted Camp DIVE, as well as a symposium on
Buddhist art, a panel discussion on craft, and the keynote of the Green
Symposium, all of which were free admission, thanks to the GCA grant.
Additional outreach programs, benefitted from the grant, as did the quarterly
newsletter, exhibition brochures and rack cards, Brief Self-Guided Tour Cards,
and much more.
The GCA grant attracted the
attention of elected officials, several of whom visited the museum, and
including the governor, who wrote a congratulatory letter. The imprimatur of
the GCA grant is invaluable in fundraising, which, in turn, has immeasurable
effect on programming.