With this unprecedented year coming to an end –– filled with devastating loss and hope in community resilience –– we at The David Ireland House would like to take a moment to celebrate what has been accomplished with our growing community and invite you to be a part of our future.
Last March, we reopened with an exhibition by Felipe Dulzaides, There is no such thing as a perfect circle, and a new initiative to offer free admission and programming to all. Thanks to our board’s commitment, this exciting effort guaranteed anyone interested had cost-free access to our tours and programming for the first time. Hundreds came who had never been before. And then, only one week after a successful opening weekend, we were forced to close our doors alongside all cultural institutions due to the onslaught of the pandemic.
Since then, we have found new ways for our team of artist guides to engage with the public by pivoting to a new web-based publication, The Cabinet. They developed this project through peer-to-peer education and advisor-led workshops. Additionally, we partnered with Lobus to begin registering the collection comprised of over 2,000 David Ireland prints, works on paper, paintings, and sculptures. This partnership has taken us one step closer to developing the archive room into a more accessible study center. Working alongside Indigenous Permaculture, Berkeley Food Network, and additional community partners, we also helped distribute free fresh food to over 1,380 neighbors from June through November.
More recently, in October, we were thrilled to reopen and welcome visitors back to The David Ireland House for a few precious months. Lian Ladia, Exhibitions and Program Manager, also joined our team at this time. Our well-attended online program, “INTENT: a dialogue on values in the intersection of art and architecture,” co-presented by The David Ireland House and Centro Bahía just weeks ago, is the first in a series of programs organized by Lian. Be on the lookout for more events like this in the new year!
I’d like to extend a special thank you to our Board of Trustees, Jane Reed, Board Chair Jock Reynolds, and Founding Trustee Carlie Wilmans, not only for their financial commitment but also for steering us through the many challenges that 2020 has presented. We also offer appreciation to Founding Trustee Ann Hatch and our advisors Dena Beard, Tony Labat, Constance Lewallen, and Mark Thompson. Their generous contributions helped make this year possible, as have many of yours.
Today, we invite you to consider The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street in your year-end giving. Should you be able to make a donation to us, any amount would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to 2021 with great hope of gathering again.