By Kathy Chouteau
The Richmond Art Center (RAC) is appealing to the community for much-needed support amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the center faces a substantial revenue loss—due, in part, to having to suspend its onsite and community programming—it aims to raise $300,000 over the next few months through contributions to its Renewal Fund.
“The effect of our closure continues to ripple through Richmond Art Center. We face a potential revenue loss of great significance as we navigate through this crisis,” said Patricia Guthrie, president of RAC’s Board of Directors, in a statement.
“Your support at this crucial time will help cover the loss of income we have already experienced when we were forced to suspend our onsite and community programming on March 16, 2020. We foresee additional losses through the summer and possibly into the fall.”
Contributions to the Renewal Fund will be used to safeguard the RAC’s future, including initiatives such as the Art in the Community Program, Studio Program and Exhibition Program, which serve more than 20,000 people annually, per Guthrie.
While it seeks funding to sustain its future, the RAC is working to offer online content and instruction for The Studio Art Program, as well as online content for The Exhibition Program. The center has also partnered with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) to offer visual art programs for youth.