Dated: June 4, 2020

Dear friends of Gallery 263,

We stand in solidarity with the Black community. In response to acts of violence and discrimination against Black lives, including the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd, we are pausing our planned social media content for the immediate future. It does not feel right to continue with the status quo while we yet again mourn unnecessary killings of Black Americans. Instead, we will use our social channels to amplify the voices of Black creatives, and share opportunities to get involved and expand our collective understanding of racial justice.

Acknowledging our privilege and the systemic racism pervasive in our society and industry, we know we can do better. And we will. We look forward to finding new ways to utilize our platform to be a better ally of and advocate for Black people. We welcome any input you may have. Suggestions or feedback may be directed toward contact@gallery263.com.

In the meantime, we’d like to share a few resources that we’ve found helpful for staying informed and starting conversations on American race issues with your community:

With respect,

Gallery 263 Staff and Board

Artists and Performers in Need of Assistance
We know COVID-19 is adversely impacting many of you. Some resources that may be helpful for you include:

  • The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual Boston-based artists whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the pandemic.
  • If you have lost revenue from a canceled music gig, you may apply for a rapid grant of up to $200 through the Boston Music Maker Relief Fund.
  • Singers may apply for funding through the Boston Singers’ Relief Fund.
  • Another helpful resource for artists and cultural organizations is a list compiled by the New England Foundation for the Arts: learn more here.
  • A compilation of general Boston-area community care resources (to access and/or support), can be found here.

Donate Now: Help Lessen COVID-19’s Impact on Gallery 263
As a small nonprofit art space, we depend on our communities’ support to keep our programs running, our staff supported, and our mission-driven impact flourishing. Closing our organization for the foreseeable future will severely impact our budget and place a strain on the gallery far beyond the height of this crisis. Please consider supporting the gallery today to ensure we can ride out this dip in our programming capacity and continue to serve as a resource for local and emerging artists and the community at large.

Questions
For questions regarding exhibitions, please contact our exhibitions manager, Douglas Breault, at doug@gallery263.com. For programming, events, and any other questions, please contact our managing director, Alexandra Photopoulos, at alexandra@gallery263.com. For press related questions, please contact our communications director, Allison Gray, at allison@gallery263.com.

We will reassess the situation in the weeks to come, and continue to keep you apprised of changes as they evolve. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances. Our thoughts are with you, and we wish you all health, safety, and creativity in the times ahead.

Sincerely,

Gallery 263 Staff and Board