From the Director

Morning, Looking East over the Hudson Valley from the Catskill Mountains by Frederic E. Church (1826-1900) from 1848 [oil on canvas, ht. 18 ¼, w. 24 in., gift of Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing, x1940.606.7

January 11, 2021

Dear Friends,

Last week's attack on the United States Capitol was horrific and traumatic. That, coupled with recent news about COVID in our region, New York State, and across the country, shattered glimmers of optimism that many had for the start of this new year. 

As director of an organization that is a repository for historic materials as well as art, I am overwhelmed by the significance of the events that are unfolding and it reaffirms my commitment to projects that build community, promote truth, and speak to our humanity. At a time when it may be difficult to articulate everything we are feeling, I am reminded of the power of the arts to evoke our emotions, to connect us with others when we are feeling lost, and to stir us into action. 

History is made every day and our actions today, tomorrow, and all the days after must be to make a more just, truthful, and equitable world. There is so much work to be done and we are committed as an organization to prioritize and implement that work.

Yours sincerely,

Tammis Groft
Executive Director

 

Image: Morning, Looking East over the Hudson Valley from the Catskill Mountains by Frederic E. Church (1826-1900) from 1848 [oil on canvas, ht. 18 ¼, w. 24 in., in original gilt frame, ht. 26 in., w. 32 in., gift of Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing, x1940.606.7]