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We hope you and yours are doing as well as can be. 2020 has been a difficult year. It has affected all of us in many ways, beyond the impacts on the health and well-being of our loved ones. It's closed stores and venues, preventing us from gathering in-person and finding support and solace in community. As a center based on community, arts and activism, COVID has also impacted ABC No Rio. In late March, we closed both our screen-printing shop and zine library due to COVID. Similarly, it became impossible to present live music.

Given our rebuild, No Rio has already been functioning 'in exile' for some time, without our old and beloved building. Exile suddenly became the new norm with the pandemic; as a community, we have always managed to come together in creative ways. In late March the City put our new building project on pause because of the coronavirus. In early September we were given the go-ahead to proceed and are now trying to make up for lost time and adapt to the changing circumstances.

We know that this has been a tough year, but we hope that we can count on your continued support as we move into 2021. In anticipation of the New Year, one of our regular supporters, a former volunteer, will match the first $2,021 donations that come in.

We've adjusted our programing to reflect a new, temporary reality. Our June 2020 exhibition, #SpeakingThroughMasks, took place on Instagram and on ABC No Rio's website. We asked 17 artists to create work that asked: As the public sphere narrowed and was shifted by quarantine, how did the role of our private spaces change? As public spaces were activated amidst weeks of protest, how did the role of art change through this upheaval? Who is art for in this new moment? And what is the effect of emerging from isolation, whether cautiously or with great intensity and exuberance?

Before the pandemic hit, we organized two exhibitions at Bullet Space/292 Gallery and a third at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. In December 2019 we presented NO NEW JAILS NYC - THE ART & DESIGN OF A MOVEMENT, which built on a long legacy of abolitionist and new economic activism, and prefigured some of the protest demands from this summer. In January, we presented THE BODY IS A HORROR, bringing together a community of queer, female, trans, and gender non-conforming artists preoccupied with issues concerning the body. Right before the pandemic hit, our February exhibition, REGRESS, brought 13 artists together to explore complex notions of "growing up," looking at aspects of youth, transformation and regression and exploring themes of the childish and childlike.

Our latest exhibition, TAKE WHAT YOU CAN'T GET, will run from late November through the end of the year online and in real life. Inspired by the role of artists as imaginators and agitators from the 1930s to the present day, Take What You Can't Get embraces our current moment of multilayered crisis as an opportunity for artists to actively imagine a more desirable future. You can visit this exhibition on line at abcnorio.org/take and on our Instagram page.

Like arts organizations across the world, ABC No Rio faces a tough time during the ongoing pandemic. But we have a few things on our side: we're small, we're nimble, and we're scrappy - it doesn't take millions of dollars to keep us afloat. Above all, we have our community: a collective of volunteers and active supporters, including you, who carry us forward.

We hope that you'll be among the first to give and to take advantage of this match, and that we can count on your generous tax-deductible contribution to ABC No Rio as the year comes to a close. Your support remains important to us.

And remember - if your employer has a matching gift program, you can double your contribution.

Secure on-line contributions by credit card can be made to ABC No Rio through PayPal. Please make your donation today.

Gifts by check or money order should be made payable to ABC No Rio and sent to our ABC No Rio in Exile address:

ABC No Rio
107 Suffolk Street, #305
New York, NY 10002

From all of us at ABC No Rio: We wish you all the best in the New Year!

ABC No Rio is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to ABC No Rio are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Consult your tax advisor with any tax-related queries.




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