The Falmouth Artists Guild was one of eight organizations honored by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) for “Excellence by a Small Nonprofit: Doing More with Less” at a ceremony at the State House on June 9.
Two hundred nonprofits from across the state applied for recognition; 32 were chosen as finalists, and eight winners were announced in a ceremony in the Hall of Flags at the State House.
The award is given for significant and lasting contributions to the nonprofit sector. For small nonprofits, it recognizes a nonprofit whose budget is $250,000 or less and which, despite its small size, has managed to fulfill its mission and make major contributions to the population it serves.
Award finalists were nominated by community members and peers, with selections made by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received a record 209 nominations.
In 2009, Massachusetts became the first state to enact a law designating the second Monday in June as a day to celebrate the work of nonprofits.
The Falmouth Artists Guild is at 137 Gifford Street in downtown Falmouth. The description of the guild given at the awards ceremony was:
“The Falmouth Artists Guild uses a variety of resources including art sales, exhibition fees, classes, workshops, dues, annual fund drives, imaginative events, partnerships with non-profits and the public schools, public and private grants, sponsorships, and skilled volunteers to be able to meet Falmouth artists’ need for community and provide a space where all visitors can enjoy art. In the past several years the organization has met (and exceeded) its goals to grow the audience for the visual arts on the upper cape; provide affordable art education in a variety of media at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; and become increasingly self sustaining selling art and art services.”
Suzy Bergmann, executive director for the guild, thanked MNN for the award. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our efforts over many years to reinvent the guild as a community art center open for all to learn the joy of creativity in the visual arts. This honor will help us grow.”