While both the local and national groundhogs decreed this morning that we’re in for six more weeks of winter, the area fundraisers are also making decisions about the future.
This one just arrived from the Dallas Museum of Art’s Eugene McDermott Director Agustin Arteaga, who had to make a very tough call for two of the Museum’s big fundraising events.
Neither the Art Ball nor Art In Bloom will be held this year.
Agustin explained, “As you all know, we have been keeping a close watch on the many movements of the pandemic and how it affects our ability to hold our spring fundraising events, Art in Bloom and Art Ball. We’ve also been looking at other area nonprofits and how they are responding to our current situation with high COVID cases and the slow vaccine rollout.
“With all of this information, we have made the difficult decision to cancel both of these spring fundraising events. Thoughtful consideration of all scenarios was made by the event chairs, Staff and Board leadership, and with the health and safety of patrons and supporters top of mind. We all want to ensure guest safety and agreed that postponing these events until 2022 is the most prudent and in the best interest of all involved.
“We are deeply indebted to Art in Bloom Chair Sila Grogan and Co-Chair Pat McDonough as well as Art Ball Chair Brian Bolke for their hard work, passion and dedication to both of these fundraisers and look forward to their partnership as we look towards 2022.”
On the other hand, the DMA is open for touring, both in person and virtually. This month alone it will feature three new exhibitions including “Curbed Vanity: A Contemporary Foil by Chris Schanck,” “Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico” and “Frida Kahlo: Five Works.”