I hope this finds you well and that your 2012 is off to a great start.
Here at Headlands, 2012 is particularly exciting as we celebrate Headlands Center for the Arts’ 30th Anniversary. That’s 30 years of working with and supporting innovative artists and thinkers (nearly 1,000 and counting); 30 years of presenting public programming that connects audiences to artists, the creative process and the magic of the Headlands; 30 years of rehabilitating and caring for a historic campus in a National Park; and 30 years of fostering the development of new ideas and new artwork.
We’ll be celebrating this significant benchmark throughout the year with a series of new programs, initiatives, and special events, and invite you to join us in both honoring the rich history of the organization and laying the foundation for the future. Specifically, you’ll notice a new and exciting program for our Alumni, geared toward supporting their continued work after their time at Headlands; a new Workshops program that aims to broaden our programmatic offerings and expand the creative dialogue taking place here; and a renewed commitment to our public events, a series of diverse offerings that we hope will inspire you to come out and engage with the place and the creative process.
In addition to programmatic growth, you’ll see a new logo and a new look and feel to our print materials this year, as well as a brand new (and pretty fantastic!) website which will have launched by the time you read this note. These advances are part of a larger effort on our part to better communicate what we’re up to and to share with more members of our community the dynamic and vibrant nature of the work taking place here at Headlands.
In the coming months the Board and staff will complete a long-range business plan which builds on our current strategic plan and looks not only at the programmatic direction of the organization, but also paves the way toward a sustainable future for the organization and a successful renewal of our partnership agreement with the National Park Service in 2014. As you might know, our founding Board and staff worked tirelessly to ensure that Headlands Center for the Arts, the first official Park Partner here in the Marin Headlands, would have a long-term home in the park. As we approach the 20-year anniversary of that agreement, we continue our founders’ efforts to create a vibrant space for artistic creativity within the profound experience of the Marin Headlands’ natural environment.
Please join us soon and often at Headlands this year!
On behalf of the Board, staff and artists – all our very best,