With great gratitude to the fabulous the ever-enlarging AOB family for an AMAZING 2012 that ended on such a high note: THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your generous contributions of time, expertise and financial resources. There is simply NO WAY we could exist without you –- board members, staff, volunteers, and supporters old and new. Your generosity is beyond measure. Having spent a few hours in the office today preparing for the week’s work, I have to say I am awestruck. How very, very blessed we are to have friends like YOU.
One of the proudest accomplishments of 2012 that you made possible was our new web presence. This WordPress-based site provides not only a platform for showcasing the stunning artwork created by our participants and the opportunity to share information about our programs, it offers virtually anyone a platform for sharing thoughts about AOB.
To that end: it’s challenging not to start off a new year without at least a short list of “wishes, hopes and dreams.” So I have succumbed to the temptation with my personal short list below, and invite the rest of the world to do the same by responding to this post.
Jan’s Wishes for 2013
- That this our 10th anniversary year* will be marked by year-long celebrations and further solidification of our already-strong programming;
- That AOB will serve at least 20% more youth than in 2012;
- That each graduating participant will get a jump start on his/her college education and life-after-high-school;
- That AOB will be the catalyst behind the appearance of new artist-designed light in the Carroll Avenue/Quebec Terrace community;
- That our board of directors will grow to a 15-member body as sanctioned by our bylaws;
- That AOB will attract at least 100 enthusiastic new supporters.
AND I wish for YOU, dear reader, access to all the beauty and goodness that surrounds one every minute of every day. Welcome, 2013!
Jan Goldstein, Executive Director
* AOB began programming in 2003 as part of a larger nonprofit and became independent in 2009