November 20, 2020
A Different Thanksgiving
Thankfulness. Appreciation. Gratitude. Traditionally, these expressions (along with three or four or five side dishes) are at the heart of the upcoming holiday.
But let’s just say it: giving thanks this year is going to feel very different for many of us. As we reconcile smaller gatherings with memories of past celebrations, our health, safety, and security have become the priority.
It is with this in mind that I sincerely thank you for your trust, confidence, advice, and membership during this most challenging year. We simply would not be poised for recovery without you. And for that, I join our staff, their families, and our board of trustees in being truly grateful.
The pandemic threw us for a monumental loop. We rebounded to serve thousands with virtual content and experiences that you told us was deserving of your support.
It has been a time of intense but satisfying learning. We raised dollars more creatively and communicated more often than we ever have. Staff adopted new skills while we broadened our audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. We found new ways to increase our relevancy through community outreach that addressed the pandemic. Inclusion was our goal with every experience and expression. As a leader, I have been humbled by the resiliency and innovation of my staff, peers, and our partners in the arts and culture space.
Indeed, this Thanksgiving I have much to be grateful for. True, it will be a small fête—after a morning of call check-ins with family members, just my wife, Ellen, and I will be sitting down to the table together. No doubt we will entertain ourselves with stories of past celebrations. I plan on reminding her of the year when we were determined to convince our eighteen guests that a vegan menu featuring Tofurkey was every bit as delicious as its traditional turkey counterpart. (An important part of this plan was to surprise everyone with the announcement at the same time the platter made its appearance.) It probably also helped that, as slightly nervous hosts, we were generously pouring the wine.
Before you ask, it turned out to be a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were surrounded by cousins, nieces and nephews, and so much love. If I remember correctly, we even converted a few folks to becoming vegan. The goodwill extended to forgiving the younger family members who mistook the kitchen sink drain for a nonexistent garbage disposal when they volunteered to clean up. A small plumber’s fee the next day took care of the real mess. Ah, family, I will miss you this holiday!
Regardless of the number of plates you set out this year, I hope you also have the comfort of memories of past gatherings to bolster you this Thanksgiving.
With many thanks,
Linda C. Harrison
Director and CEO
The Newark Museum of Art
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