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We hope you and yours are doing as well as can be. Pandemic challenges continued through 2021, affecting all of us in many ways, beyond the impacts on the health and well-being of our loved ones. As a center based on community, arts and activism, ABC No Rio has also felt the impact of COVID.
Given our plans to rebuild, No Rio had already been functioning 'in exile' for some time, without our beloved building. Exile suddenly became the new norm with the pandemic; as a community, we have always managed to come together in creative ways.
We know that the pandemic period has been tough, but we hope we can count on your continued support as 2021 comes to a close. In anticipation of 2022, one of our regular supporters, a former volunteer, is offering a two-to-one match for the first $2,022 donations that come in.
We're happy to report that the ABC No Rio Printshop in Exile resumed in-person operations earlier this summer, and in September the Zine Library opened again to the public at the Clemente, on Suffolk Street. However, difficulties in finding "exile" locations to present live music - and to do so safely - remain.
ABC No Rio exhibitions will return to galleries for in-person visits in 2022. Meanwhile, this year's exhibition program continued as ABC No Rio in Exile Online.
Inspired by the role of artists as agitators, Take What You Can't Get embraced our current moment of multilayered crisis as an opportunity for artists to actively imagine a more desirable future.
Polemic featured work that is explicitly contentious and
argumentative and that addresses current issues, problems and controversies.
Unartisanal featured artists working in traditional craft and prioritized work that foregrounds the integrity of the maker, materials and methods; favoring quality, time, principle and labor over trend, style or aesthetic.
Cataclysm explored catastrophe and calamity in the natural world, and the social and political implications of catastrophic upheaval.
We will bid farewell to 2021 with a series of window installations by four New York City artists at 519 Evergreen in Bushwick. We'll begin 2022 with an exhibition at Bullet Space/292 Gallery entitled What Have You Been Up To Lately?
In 2020 the City put our new building project on pause because of the coronavirus. Residual budget effects from the impact of COVID, along with some legal issues, prompted a slight re-design of our proposed new building. We decreased the length of the cellar and first floor by five feet.
Our architect, Paul Castrucci, was able to eliminate those five feet without decreasing the square footage for public events in the cellar and first floor, so occupancy is unchanged. There are no changes to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.
The New York City Department of Buildings approved our revised plans in mid-November and we're hopeful construction can begin in late spring, 2022.
We hope we can count on your continued support as we move into 2022 - and ideally into a more exciting construction phase. And remember if you give now, your donation will be tripled!
Like arts organizations across the world, ABC No Rio faces a tough time during the ongoing pandemic. But we have a few things on our side: we're small, we're nimble, and we're scrappy - it doesn't take millions of dollars to keep us afloat. Above all, we have our community: a collective of volunteers and active supporters, including you, who carry us forward.
We hope that you'll be among the first to give and that we can count on your generous tax-deductible contribution to ABC No Rio as the year comes to a close. Your support remains important to us.
And remember - if your employer has a matching gift program, you can double your contribution.
Secure on-line contributions by credit card can be made to ABC No Rio through PayPal. Please make your donation today.
Gifts by check or money order should be made payable to ABC No Rio and sent to our ABC No Rio in Exile address:
ABC No Rio
107 Suffolk Street, #305
New York, NY 10002
From all of us at ABC No Rio: We wish you all the best in the New Year!
ABC No Rio is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to ABC No Rio are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Consult your tax advisor with any tax-related queries.