“Our community is still here, we’re just spread out a little bit more”
– Erin Dionne, Faculty

 

How You Can Support During This Time

The COVID-19 crisis has brought unprecedented struggles to Montserrat’s campus, as we face this uncertain reality in our world. Our classroom teaching has been transformed to remote learning for our 370 students.  Galleries that showcase our students’ work and provide our community artistic inspiration has closed to the public. The faculty and students have had to quickly adapt to a new style of art and design education immediately and with little time to prepare. But throughout the upheaval and ever-changing dynamics, one thing has remained clear. Our Montserrat community is continuing to create.

As artists, no matter the struggles of the present, we will always look toward our vision of the future. Our passion as creators has taught us to challenge ourselves, to look for creative solutions, and to always persevere. We cannot express how proud we are of the resiliency of our faculty, staff, and especially our students. While circumstances may keep us apart, our creativity will always bring us together.

As we continue to respond to the needs of our community at this critical time, we welcome the support of our donors and extended community. Your gifts, more than ever, will impact the lives of our next generation of creative talent. Please consider a gift today.


Ways to Give

SUPPORT US AS WE SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Gifts to Montserrat’s Annual Fund support the operations at Montserrat that keep us going.  These dollars can make an immediate impact as we respond to the growing needs of our community during the COVID-19 crisis. By making a gift to the college’s Annual Fund, you allow us to adapt to the new circumstances we are facing. Support us as we support our students, faculty, and staff.

GIFTS TO THE MONTSERRAT EMERGENCY FUND

Montserrat has established the Montserrat Emergency Fund in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This newly created fund is in direct response to the growing and immediate needs of our students. The Montserrat Student Emergency Fund will provide financial assistance grants up to $300 for students who are unable to meet essential expenses.


Charitable Giving Deduction

The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has created a new above-the-line deduction for total charitable contributions of up to $300, for all taxpayers, even if you do not itemize. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year. The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. Please contact your tax advisor for additional questions.


President Steinberg in the Salem Evening News

President Kurt Steinberg

THE CREATIVE ECONOMY, CARES ACT, AND SUPPORTING ALL SECTORS

It continues to amaze me how in crisis the best and the worst of people and institutions emerge. The pressure and stress of crisis doesn’t allow for cover up or nuance. I am proud to say that the people and institutions of the North Shore have been the best in this time of crisis.  It has been reinforced every day, on my campus of Montserrat College of Art; that creative people pull together and the atmosphere of support and empathy is active and intensely genuine.