What is/are your mission/goals?
Our mission is to use the arts as a starting point for social justice and mutual aid. Right now, in our community, that looks like creating an openly queer community center, keeping everything financially accessible, and engaging in difficult and timely topics in our exhibitions. We have just created a mentoring program called Grow Into Art for BIPOC and LGBT Youth as well as The Fern Cunningham Memorial Scholarship for BIPOC youth pursuing a degree in the arts. The goal of these youth initiatives is to connect students who are often pushed out and marginalized from our community, to each other, and to a professional network of artists. We want to ensure that all our young people feel they have a home here.
We find on Cape Cod that there is an excessive focus on the tourism industry, and that drives anyone who doesn’t fit into the JFK aesthetic underground. It is important for us to both disrupt the narrative that Cape Codders exist to serve the wealthy, white community that comes for seaside recreation, and also provide a gentle and open place for people to gather, create, and share their work.
Obviously this idea of gathering looks different right now, but it is all the more important for us to find creative ways to do it. We strive to create a more inclusive community on Cape Cod, one that our kids will feel comfortable to come home to, one that celebrates the multiple histories, perspectives and ways of living here, and we feel the arts are a perfect place to start making that change. Artists are culture creators, after all.