Welcome to Spring!
As we’re at the end of a long, cold Winter season, our team at the Rochester Art Center is embracing the
opportunity to feel the warmth of the sun, the lengthening of the day and the opportunity to stretch
ourselves forward for another year of growth and advancement.
Our year in 2018 was filled with fresh starts for our new leadership, new working relationships with Mayo
Clinic in The Human Genome Exhibit and new partnerships with arts groups in both Rochester and the
greater Twin Cities. We’re continuing to augment and build out these efforts even further in 2019 with
Mayo Clinic and the Science Museum of Minnesota with Mind Matters, an exploration of mental health.
We’re welcoming Northern Lights’ 10th annual Art(ists) On the Verge this autumn. Throughout the year, our
ROOTED program features regional artists across a variety of visual arts in a program funded by the
Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC).
Alongside the buzz of new exhibitions, we’ve focused on stabilizing our finances, grounding ourselves in a
fundamental commitment to develop a sustainable business model. By reducing expenses, sharpening
our focus and making strategic investments we are contributing to a brighter fiscal outlook, allowing us to
program more confidently and assuredly. Our working relationships with the City and other allied arts
organizations continues to develop positively, and we anticipate even greater progress over the next few
Your gifts and contributions have brought us increased financial stability and a base from which to program
and activate RAC with success and increased confidence. As we continue to develop, we know that the
path forward is not simple nor easy. We remain grateful and reliant upon your involvement, engagement
and financial support as we make our way forward.
As a former or current donor, won’t you consider keeping our momentum moving forward? Gaining your
trust and valuing your contributions are at the heart of our growth. What better time than Spring to invest in
a great year ahead by helping us fund and sustain ourselves with a gift to RAC?
Brian Austin, PhD
FUND A NEED
Rochester Art Center Spring Appeal is underway! Help us raise $15,000 this spring to power us through the year. Every dollar is valuable.
Here are examples of what your gift will do: