Editor’s Note: It goes without saying that the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend have left most of us speechless, wondering when it will end, and what we can possibly do to help. While grieving the situation, we received a note in the CIVA office this week from a friend of CIVA, Maureen Brondyke, Executive Director of New City Arts Initiative in Charlottesville, with the message (below) that they’ve sent out in response. As a practical, “let’s come together as a community” response, New City Arts joined with other organizations to launch a Letter Writing Day, which took place this past Wednesday, but in follow-up correspondence, Maureen asked that I add this note:
For those who don’t live in Charlottesville and would like to participate, you are welcome to send a note of encouragement to be posted on Welcome Gallery’s window for anyone in need of encouragement to pick up. Please consider writing out your favorite poem or quote, sending a small drawing, or just a simple sentence or two of encouragement. Recipients could include anyone in need of encouragement (our mailman, a UPS employee, nearby business owners, public works employees, anyone passing the gallery, etc.). Correspondence may be sent to New City Arts, P. O. Box 1293, Charlottesville, VA 22902
P.O. Box 1293
Charlottesville, VA 22902
As our name suggests, Welcome Gallery was created to be a place of warmth, inclusivity, and community. It was with sorrow and anger, therefore, that we saw our beloved downtown mall and our hometown invaded by white supremacists, anti-Semites, and others who hatefully oppose the values we hold dear.
Today we mourn with our community over the loss of lives, we categorically reject hate and bigotry, and we answer the call to love, opening our doors to the beautiful people of Charlottesville. You are welcome here.