On behalf of all of us at Prospect New Orleans, I write with my warmest season’s greetings and with much gratitude for the support so many of our friends have given us during the past year.
It has been a transformative year for our organization. Prospect.2 closed at the beginning of last year on a number of high notes. With over 70,000 visitors to groundbreaking exhibits at 16 venues during its 13-week run, Times-Picayune critic Doug MacCash called Prospect.2 “one of the best contemporary art shows New Orleans has ever seen.” Since then we have thrown ourselves headlong into the planning for Prospect.3 and beyond.
The Prospect.3 dates have been recently announced: from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015 New Orleans will play host to projects by 50 artists from all over the world at 15+ venues throughout the city. The appointment of Franklin Sirmans as Artistic Director for Prospect.3 has already generated a great deal of excitement. We are also delighted to be welcoming a new Executive Director, Brooke Davis Anderson, who will begin her tenure in January 2013.
The process of selecting artists and venues for Prospect.3 has already begun, including identifying the 10-15 artists who will be commissioned to create large-scale, site-specific works. During the coming months, approximately half of the artists selected for Prospect.3 will visit New Orleans, venues will be secured, and plans for everything from our education programs to the Opening Weekend schedule will begin to take shape.
As we take on the challenge of realizing Sirmans’ ambitious vision for Prospect.3, I invite you to join our growing community of supporters. We have recently relaunched our signature support group, The Prospectors Club, with a retooled slate of benefits and offerings. Membership is payable in installments, valid through the close of Prospect.3, and offers members opportunities to engage with Prospect.3 artists and curators, tickets to Prospect.3 opening weekend events, and an invitation to our first annual “Art Weekend” in New York City April 19-21, 2013. If you would prefer to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support our work, we would be grateful for any amount you are able to give this season.
Recent events on the East Coast have had me thinking about the origins of Prospect New Orleans. Born from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Prospect has lived on as a powerful artistic and social force in our community. From the way in which Prospect.1 artists addressed a city recovering from a great tragedy with incredible sensitivity and compassion, to the many Prospect works that have celebrated New Orleans past and present, to the ripple effects that the arts bring to our economy, Prospect’s founding principle – that art has the power to bring us together and to inspire us collectively – seems more relevant than ever. Our past and recent accomplishments have made me very excited about our future! We look forward to sharing more about our plans with you in 2013.
Thank you so much for considering supporting Prospect New Orleans as part of your charitable giving plans this year.
With best wishes for a peaceful, healthy, and art-filled holiday season,
Susan Gore Brennan