(The Robert Dente Printshop, at the new Five Points Arts Center, as it undergoes renovations)
Donations can also be mailed to:
Five Points Center for the Visual Arts
P.O. Box 1028
Torrington, CT 06790
Dear Friends of Five Points,
We hope this letter finds you and yours well and looking forward to the day when hugs, handshakes and smiles once again brighten our lives. To that end, the Five Points executive board, staff and volunteers are working hard, not only to bring the joy and solace of the arts to you in the present, but also to prepare for the economic and cultural future of Five Points and our region.
We trust you will be inspired by the achievements outlined below, and respectfully ask that you consider including Five Points in your year-end giving.
Five Points / Downtown
Like most cultural organizations, Five Points Gallery, a cornerstone of Torrington’s revitalization, shut its doors to the public in response to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. At that time, we made a commitment to keep our lights on and use our banks of windows on Main and Water Streets to showcase art out into the community…the kind of art that asks questions and makes us think.
Concurrently, the Five Points Annex, a non-juried community pop-up exhibition space managed by the Five Points Launchpad artists, closed its doors to the public but continued to display art on its walls and post tributes to health care professionals and essential workers in the windows.
It is important to note that throughout the shutdown, we managed to retain all our employees thanks in no small measure to a Payroll Protection loan/grant. Working remotely and collaboratively, these incredible people pivoted to online gallery tours, posted regularly on social media and created lengthy newsletters designed to, not only support area businesses and our cultural partners, but also to assure artists and our diverse community that Five Points is here for the long haul.
Five Points continues to monitor Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines, and as a member of the Shoreline Alliance Re-open the Arts in Connecticut task force with Yale, we are kept updated with best pandemic practices as they are discovered. As a result, Five Points Gallery successfully re-opened its doors in June with a multi-optional plan designed to be modified and adjusted as needed in order to protect our staff, students, volunteers and the general public.
The Five Points Annex has re-opened and is booking exhibitions for 2021.
The Five Points Art Center / University Drive
Five Points finalized the purchase of the former University of Connecticut Torrington Regional Campus on June 30, 2020. As you can imagine, buying a campus in the middle of a pandemic was not originally in the plans, but the two-year / two-month acquisition process ended when it did….and so upward and onward!
As we write, the transition from a college campus to a world class, interdisciplinary, fully equipped Five Points Art Center – Art Park is well underway. A Children’s Art Lab, Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing Studios, Art Library, Alternative Processes Photo Lab, Meditation Room, Community Lounge, Reception Area, Administrative Offices and Auditorium are all in various stages of completion.
The grand opening of the Five Points Art Center is planned for the spring / early summer of 2021…COVID permitting.
Although we have planned well, are working hard and proud of what we have accomplished, our immediate ability to generate earned income is extremely limited by the pandemic. Five Points Gallery art sales have declined, many Five Points Annex rentals are postponed and projected income from the Five Points Art Center classes, rentals, lectures and membership opportunities are on hold until the Art Center can safely open to the public.
We are forever grateful for the financial and moral support we have received throughout this extraordinary Five Points journey, but the journey is far from over and COVID is way more than just a bump in the road. If your circumstances allow, we ask that you consider making a donation to Five Points before December 31, 2021. Your gift will be used wisely and frugally as we continue our vision to create a new trans-disciplinary visual arts model for a changing world.
YOUR contribution, regardless of size, will help us complete and preserve this wonderful puzzle.
Very Gratefully Yours,
Judith McElhone Deborah Seidel
Founding Executive Director President, Board of Directors