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2020
Annual Report
Letter from our Executive Director

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston invests in the people and organizations that create the art we love. We do this through integrated and responsive programs and services designed to support and nurture the creative ecosystem. 

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston invests in the people and organizations that create the art we love. We do this through integrated and responsive programs and services designed to support and nurture the creative ecosystem. The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston invests in the people and organizations that create the art we love. We do this through integrated and responsive programs and services designed to support and nurture the creative ecosystem. 

Year in Review
As part of our COVID-19 Relief Efforts:
Artist Profile: Meet Chanel Thervil

Chanel Thervil, the multi-faceted artist and educator behind the current exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Boston, titled “Warm & Fuzzy Feels”, recently bought her first tricycle. She takes it out for a joy ride twice a week (at most) to breathe new life into her creative works in the midst of COVID-19. “It’s been hard for me to find a routine,” she says, “but my own self-care is ever-evolving as I evolve. And there’s no ‘one size fits all’ for that.” Among Thervil’s vault of creative mastery, perhaps her most visceral commodity lies within her ability to pull back the veil of her process, to unravel an honest message, and to flood her work with candid panache. In short: her humanity. Thervil has found success across the Northeast and beyond serving as a Creative Arts Fellow for ABC. Her work has also been featured in The Urbano Project, PBS Kids, and a meadow of striking public art installations. Thervil’s pieces adopt the texture of tangible livelihood, thoughtfully illustrating real people and real things, mostly across Boston proper. Her roots, however, dig deep into the Haitian-American landscape, brimming with color and community, two top-shelf ingredients that form the base of her craft.

Board Member Profile: Meet David Guerra

David Guerra is the owner and director of A R E A Gallery and an independent curator here in Boston. His recent endeavor has been to organize AREA CODE, an online art fair created in response to the COVID pandemic to support local artists. Looking forward, he wants to create a new model for art galleries, where people can participate in a safe way and “can be with art beyond art collecting.” He wants to provide a container of cultural energy that allows people to connect, without having to exist in one set, physical space. Guerra was born in Havana and has a background in law, diplomacy, and politics. He finds that his background is not dissimilar to where he is now in the art world. His goal is to create a platform to amplify the work of his artists, creating a space where the artist can speak and enlighten everyone with the quality of their ideas. He has served as both a mentor and juror for the Arts & Business Council’s Feldman Fellows last year.

FiNANCIALS
Income Overview:

Note: This is a cash/operating budget. These figures have been adjusted to include grant disbursements received in FY19 and to remove support restricted for Creative Hub Worcester project development costs. These changes will not be included in the FY20 audited financial statements.

* Total support including in-kind donations = ;$957,404

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