TFA Annual Report for 2014
The Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization created by the artists of Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC. The year 2014 was TFA’s second full year in operation. The mission of TFA is to expand the reach of Touchstone Gallery and its artists into our community.
TFA’s flagship project is the Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. The fellowship is open to Washington area artists who have not been professionally represented and is designed to help these artists to develop and grow through a two-year full membership in the Touchstone Gallery. The fellowship includes the opportunity to exhibit in monthly gallery group shows, representation on the gallery website and marketing materials, mentoring by established artists and a culminating solo show at the end of the two -year fellowship.
The first two TFA Fellows were selected in 2013 through an open call and jurying process. Two new fellows were selected in 2015.
In 2014, TFA received our first grant from the District of Columbia for a project entitled Touchstone@Artspace. Partnering with New Community Artspace, which serves the Shaw community with art programs, workshops, seminars and exhibitions, TFA created a series of workshops for children and parents taught by Touchstone artists on subjects including ceramics, monoprinting and collaging with found objects. A month-long exhibition of student work from the classes, called “I Belong Here”, was mounted at Touchstone Gallery.
In 2015, TFA will continue to grow programs which bring artists into community institutions to share their skills and knowledge through teaching and demonstration and which bring non-traditional artists into the setting of a professional gallery.
Source of financial support:
Board of Directors (as of October 2015)
Anita Miller, President, Developmental Psychologist
Paul So, Treasurer, Professor of Physics and owner, Hamiltonian Gallery
Camille Mosley-Pasley, Secretary, Fine Art Photographer
Rachel Dickerson, Member ay Large, Director, ArtSpaceDC at the New Community Church
Ellyn R. Weiss, Member at Large, Visual Artist and Independent Curator