Joe Miller, amongst his other accolades, is a 20 year volunteer to Works/San José. He’s sent along some thoughts on what Works is, and why Works needs your help now.
Works/San José is truly your art and performance center. Works is the only arts organization in the South Bay where our community determines the content of exhibitions and performances. This open submissions process has made Works a welcoming art center where cross-cultural exhibitions, often featuring first-time exhibitors and curators, come naturally. Works is supportive of a broad spectrum of artists and artistic endeavors, with programs for kids in arts, teen assistants and advisors, curatorial workshops, and legal and technical workshops for advancement of artistic careers.
Thirty years of community art programming hasn’t just produced a calendar of exhibitions, events, and workshops. It has fostered a community around art—where long-time patrons, casual visitors, and members of our community with concerns altogether outside the arts, can come together to experience new ideas and meet the challenge of understanding one another through artistic means.
Help bring Works home to South First Street. Works needs your help now to recuperate $30,000 used to prepare the building for exhibitions. While much has been accomplished, gallery walls, office spaces, classroom equipment, and the artist-in-residence studio all await funding for completion.
As part of the annual Music and Arts Campaign, we are presently one-third of the way to $30,000 that is needed now to make up this funding shortfall. One of our two part-time employees has taken leave, and the other is working without pay to hold Works until we can make up this gap. Closing this gap now allows Works to retain the essential Gallery Coordinator position, and will help move the organization toward the future with your stable support. Please contribute $100 or more now, but any amount will help, and there are gifts and rewards for larger amounts.
This Friday Works opens eXact-O!—the first community curator exhibition in its new home. Please come from 7pm till late to be amazed by the art, and to show your support for challenging art and performance in San José. See you soon at Works!
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