Annual Appeal 2020
For 25 years, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking has given artists and art lovers alike a place to expand their knowledge of the print medium. It serves as an oasis of creativity where emerging and professional artists from throughout Fairfield County, the tri-state area, and beyond, experiment and learn traditional and contemporary print techniques.
Through our programming, CCP supports the entire life cycle of printmaking for all levels of experience and educational background. And through this period of time with COVID, in spite of a temporary shutdown and more limited operations, we have found ways to continue being present in our community through outreach and programs both remote and on-site.
- Education programs have moved online and are being conducted via Zoom. The course offerings take into consideration printmaking processes that do not require the use of a press or difficult to procure supplies for those without access to a print studio. Since mid-July, CCP has provided instruction for artists from twelve states, some from as far away as California, Florida, Oregon, and Washington, and four international locations, Australia, Canada, Spain, and the United Kingdom reaching a much broader audience than ever before.
- CCP’s Grace Ross Shanley Gallery reopened this summer by appointment as we extended our spring exhibition through the summer, and moving our annual juried exhibition, the 7th Biennial FOOTPRINT Exhibition, from summer to fall. Knowing many people will not be able to travel and see the show, that exhibition opened virtually with a Facebook Live event featuring a guided tour which was posted to the exhibition’s webpage along with installation photographs. The video has been viewed over 1600 times, reaching a MUCH wider audience than we could otherwise hold at our facility.
- While closed, we completely reinvented our social media presence on both Facebook and Instagram, creating a schedule of daily themed posts. In support of the FOOTPRINT exhibition, we reached out to all 91 artists represented and feature a different print each day on social media along with accompanying supplementary artworks and personal statements from each artist.
- Even now we continue to expand our community outreach. We have established new partnerships with Rehabilitation through the Arts (RTA) to develop instructional materials for their educators working with local prisons and with the Norwalk Adult Special Education to provide student internships.
Though we were able to maintain the staff and facilities through the shutdown with the assistance of a PPP loan and NEA grant, these only covered designated costs for fixed periods of time, primarily during shut down. Our reopening, while very welcome, remains at a limited capacity, and so it also means a more limited income. We want to ensure that CCP can continue being present and available through 2021 and the years ahead, and so I ask that you support our organization by making a gift to our 2020 Annual Appeal to support our mission to support, preserve, and advance the art of original prints in the years to come.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is grateful for your donation. Your gift supports initiatives like:
community outreach, workshops and programs, exhibitions, youth events and so much more.
CCP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.