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Change is underway
at your organization, the International Sculpture Center. The weak economy
and the poor stock market have resulted in diminished financial support
for the ISC, just as they have for most nonprofits. Your Board of Directors
has chosen to take positive action. We are reducing our expenses to match
our revenue while at the same time retaining the basic services that you
have come to expect. Sculpture, our beautiful, award-winning magazine,
will remain untouched. Our award-winning and comprehensive Web site www.sculpture.org
will continue to develop. The new Sculpture Community feature, for instance,
has created a popular forum for the sharing of new ideas from our members.
Our membership drive, which is already achieving positive results, will
continue, and Sculpture Circle, an e-mail-based news source for sculptors,
will continue to add new participants. Portfolio, an important Web-based
membership benefit, will continue with new criteria for data submission.
We have assembled a fabulous works-on- paper collection featuring works
by top sculptors. We sell these collections at a deeply discounted price
and all the revenues directly benefit the ISC.
We will put a few
things on hold. Our educational initiative with an area high school will
be contracted out. We will not schedule a conference in 2004, and our
two awards events for 2004 will be consolidated into one. Your Board views
this as a time to assess what you want in member services and to evaluate
new and more efficient ways of delivering those services. It is an exciting
challenge that we accept with enthusiasm. We will be a stronger, more
vibrant organization as a result.
We need your support!
If you have a subscription to Sculpture Magazine please consider upgrading
to a full membership. The cost is very reasonable, yet it makes a big
difference to the ISC. If you are now a member, recruit one or two new
members. This organization has a three-decade history of supporting sculptors
and sculpture, and we in turn rely on your support; any and all contributions,
however small, are welcome and needed. I invite you to e-mail me with
your thoughts and ideas: send your messages to RDuncan@sculpture.org.
These are challenging
and exciting times. We are committed to accepting the challenge, and together
we will deliver an even better and more vital ISC. Thank you for all you
have done in the past, and please do just a bit more in the future.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
Seeks New Executive Director
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