MANSFIELD – This year, COVID-19 has impacted many organizations, and the Mansfield Art Center is no exception. Through creativity and vigor, they continue to offer connection and stress relief for the local community.
Susan Duncan Gentille, marketing and development director for the Mansfield Art Center, shares a positive message despite the challenges of this year: “We believe this is a time of reflection and action in thinking about how to do things in a different way to receive positive, and sometimes even better, results than before,” she said.
Richland Gives will take place on Dec. 1, and the Mansfield Art Center will use raised funds primarily for art education scholarships for children in the community who may not have access due to income disparities.
“We want all children to have an opportunity to participate in our art classes, workshops and programs of their choice,” Gentille said.
The organization strives to make visual art impactful for all North Central Ohioans by bringing the arts to everyone in the community. They offer compelling exhibitions, programming, classes, workshops and creative experiences, and there is something for everyone.
“We have classes in glass blowing, ceramics, painting, drawing, glass fusion and various workshops for children and adults,” Gentille said.
Sponsors have made it possible for the Mansfield Art Center to continue to offer high quality exhibitions that are free and open to the public. They also offer free art therapy class for veterans and are in the process of creating an after school Tyger S.T.E.A.M. program.
“The community, donors, members and stakeholders have shown overwhelming support,” Gentille said. “We are very proud to be a part of such a generous community where quality of life is becoming more of a priority for all of us every day.”
This summer, local children and families were very positively impacted by the organization’s work.
“Over the summer, outreach and camp programs were a great success,” Gentille said. “We created Art To Go kits and distributed over 7,000 free kits over the course of nine weeks.”
Uplifting the local community has always been a priority for the Mansfield Art Center, ever since it began as the Arts Guild in 1945. The Gallery Shop sells beautiful artwork by Ohio artists, and next February, their new Reach Gallery will open to showcase local artists.
When they were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the organization created virtual exhibitions on their website. They prioritized sharing artwork with the community even when they could not leave their homes.
Looking to 2021, there are exciting plans for the Mansfield Art Center.
“We are in the process of booking events for the new Pavilion for spring through fall parties, business meetings, weddings and receptions,” Gentille said. “We now have a vision to become the number one mid-size art studio and gallery in Ohio by inspiring and impacting the quality of life in North Central Ohio and beyond.”
“Have faith in the community, wear your mask and take an art class to relieve stress,” Gentille said.
If you'd like to donate to help support the Mansfield Art Center's mission this giving season, you can do so here.