$400,000 is a lot of money. In 1980, it was REALLY a lot of money. Yet that’s the amount that individual community members and small businesses raised when rallying to build a new gallery at UCCS. The Gallery of Contemporary Art was born of THIS community - one that clearly believed in the power and importance of the art of our time (another way to say contemporary art).
As Director of GOCA it has been such a privilege to build community through experiences with art in our galleries these past 7 years. It’s been a tremendous amount of hard work, with a terrific team of two professional staff and a gaggle of student employees and interns, plus our volunteer Advisory Board pitching in. Every time I have felt worry for the artistic risks we are taking, wondered whether a project we want to realize in tandem with an artist or group of artists will have the resources to make it happen, or quavered in the face of monster funding challenges, I’ve thought of the beginnings of GOCA - and taken strength in that story.
As we approach closing the flagship site in the heart of the UCCS campus, and opening the doors on our state of the art gallery in the new Ent Center for the Arts, I’m humbled by the community that rallied in 1980 to make GOCA a reality. I truly hope our community knows how much they are part of this gallery and new arts center, and that the welcome mat is there because they willed it to happen - together.