From April 27 through May 31, 2021, I invite you to support Ignite Momentum as we raise the last $150,000 towards the Momentum One Million Dollar Challenge. Gifts of all sizes support McColl Center’s innovative growth; energized by an engaged community of contemporary artists, arts advocates, cultural and corporate partners, and an enthusiastic and curious public.
Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar. $50 turns into $100, $250 into $500, $1,000 into $2,000. Your donation will directly support the countless artists that look to McColl Center for partnership in developing and propelling their creative practices and careers.
In the short time I have been with McColl Center so far, I have seen the power of our mission and the impact we make on the lives and careers of the myriad of artists with which we partner. I’ve seen firsthand how our community is able to connect directly with the artists, help them create works, ask questions, and assist in affecting real change through partnerships with community organizations. Though the pandemic has proven to be an extremely challenging time for arts organizations in Charlotte and around the country, we’ve doubled down our efforts to support regional artists while remaining flexible and innovative. We’ve continued paying artists for their creative services and helping get their work seen and sold. We’ve adjusted programming to be accessible through virtual participation by providing free or pay-what-you-can admissions. We’ve taken extra measures to ensure the safety of our artists and patrons is top priority when we reopened after a 12-month COVID-related closure. And most importantly, McColl Center has remained steadfast in our vision of a thriving community where contemporary artists and an engaged public enhance their creative capacity through relevant, diverse, and accessible experiences.
As we look to the future at McColl Center, we are excited to launch new programs to continue our mission to champion contemporary artists like, for example, our newly launched artist co-op and studio rentals which provides affordable co-working spaces and private workspaces for local artists. It is through the support of our community that its possible for us to subsidize these spaces and provide shared art labs that give artists access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources like a 3D printer and laser cutter. These updates complement our nationally acclaimed artist residency program while opening the building, and our resources, to regional artists at an affordable rate. Together, we will fulfill your vision for making Charlotte a vibrant center for creativity. McColl Center cannot continue building a thriving network of artists and art lovers without the support of our friends.
Will you consider joining the McColl Center Igniters community by making a gift of $50 or more today? Through your generous support, you will spark a bright path for the next 20 years of McColl Center. Your gift today will make twice the impact. Thanks to the generosity of the McColl Family: $100 becomes $200, $250 turns into $500, and so forth. Will you help me reach it by donating today?
BUT THERE'S MORE!
Come make art with McColl and art lovers across the city during Ignite Nite! Grab your kids, family, and neighbors on Thursday, May 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m to participate in this city-wide, FREE, virtual art-making workshop!
REGISTER for Ignite Nite - participation is free and easy. Click on "Donate + Register" in the upper right corner.