It’s 2020, and the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC) is ready for the new decade. This year will launch the first in the series of specially created yearly posters by local artists.
Patchogue Arts Council had a milestone year in 2019; through the hard work of its staff, board of trustees and sponsors, PAC was able to begin its journey of becoming a museum: MoCA. Also in 2019, PAC had a very successful festival season, exhibiting works from a wide array of world-renowned artists, all right off Main Street in Patchogue.
PAC’s mission is to bring contemporary art to the public in innovative, dynamic ways. But it needs your help: 2020 is the year to donate to the arts and to keep PAC’s mission and vision in focus by helping to pay a limited staff and keep the doors open.
“Every little bit helps, and none of it would be possible without you,” said PAC executive director Beth Giacummo of her donors. “We are so proud of how far we have come, and we hope that you are too. Our work here has just begun; won’t you join us? Help us ‘Make Space for Art!’”
Its 2020 vision
PAC’s outlook for the new year is “a Clear Vision 20/20.”
“In a time when it is becoming impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction, where journalists are accused of reporting fake news and where we are bombarded with misinformation, it is obvious what we need is ‘Clear Vision,’” said Giacummo.
Programming and exhibitions in 2020 will examine variations of vision, including clarity, veracity, integrity, ambiguity and ingenuity.
What PAC needs
Office rehab ($3,500): The tiny office space beyond the gallery is where PAC meets, stores needed supplies and conducts the day-to-day work that keeps PAC MoCA up and running. PAC desperately needs to add professionally installed storage.
Signage ($10,000): Though its presence in the community is strong, many still don’t know exactly where PAC is located. PAC hopes to purchase impactful lighted signage for the front of its Terry Street space, so everyone can see where PAC MoCA lives in Patchogue.
Exhibition expansion ($1,500): Its space may be small, but it is mighty! PAC wants to expand one of its back gallery walls so that it can exhibit even more artwork.
Lighting ($2,000): PAC wants to brighten its space and illuminate the works. They are hoping to install track lighting with all-LED bulbs.
What your donation gets
$50: You will receive a limited edition “Make Space For Art” sticker, designed by artist Ben Owens.
$100: You will receive a “Make Space For Art” sticker and one ticket to a special VIP appreciation party on January 26, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$200: You will receive a “Make Space For Art” sticker and two tickets to a special VIP appreciation party on January 26, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$500: You will receive a “Make Space For Art” sticker; two tickets to a special VIP appreciation party on January 26, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and a limited-edition PAC-PACK, which includes a PAC-logo backpack cooler, MoCA hot/cool bottle, two T-shirts and other merchandise.
Above perks are for donations made by Jan. 20, 2020.
How to donate
To donate by mail, please mail checks to Patchogue Arts Council Inc., 20 Terry St., Suite 116, Patchogue, NY 11772. Or hop online and donate at www.patchoguearts.org.