With the Medfield community's help, The Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts ("the Gallery"), a tax-exempt charitable organization, will embark upon a five-year, $500,000 initiative to repair its 100-year-old facility and hire a full-time staff so that the Gallery can remain open during the week and throughout the year, enabling it to expand its educational programs while offering the community regular and more dependable access to the arts.
The Gallery occupies 1,200 square feet in a century-old building at the center of town, across from the town hall and next door to the town library. In 2000 the Gallery secured a 15-year lease from the building's owners. The current facility dates back to the late 1800s: It's walls are cracked and crumbling, there is virtually no insulation or climate control, and its plumbing is archaic.
The Gallery is open only on weekends, staffed by volunteers: artists, community members and high school students. Nevertheless, the Gallery is still able to present about sic exhibits a year, each approximately 7 weeks long. In addition to presenting art exhibits, the Gallery offers a number of live-music performances throughout the year featuring jazz, folk, classical and popular music. During the summer months and throughout the year, the Gallery offers art classes for students in grades 1-9. Additionally, the Gallery has presented poetry readings, a film series, and art workshops for adults.
The Gallery has an excellent relationship with the town's public school system. Each spring a special month-long exhibit entitled, "The Medfield Public Schools' Student/Faculty Art Exhibition", features students artwork from grades 1-12, as well as the work of the art faculty. In addition, class trips to regular Gallery exhibits throughout the year are arranged for elementary and high school students.
It is clear that the Gallery has made a considerable impact on the community's artistic conscience, yet so much more could be accomplished in a facility that wasn't run-down, too cold, too hot, and only open for several hours on certain weekends. Consequently, the Gallery seeks to embark on an immediate $250,000 facility-renovation campaign, and to secure an additional $50,000 a year over the next five years for staffing. Toward this end, the Gallery respectfully submits this request for funding from the businesses and residents of Medfield.
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