Thomas McAleer Visual Arts Endowed Scholarship Fundraiser

(aka, Mac & Friends)
Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:15pm

In Tom's memory, his family and friends are establishing an endowed scholarship to foster a connection between the Block Island School and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  The program will be open to Block Island School students and alumni, ages 14-25, to take courses in RISD's Continuing Education Department.  This endowment requires a minimum funding of $100,000 to be established.

As part of our fundraising effort we will be holding an art auction at Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) in New Harbor on Saturday, August 8, from 4-7 p.m. Block Island artists from a wide range of disciplines are donating work— from painters and sculptors to jewelers and ceramicists to photographers and designers.  Work will be continually posted on our website leading up to the auction, and is available for purchase immediately at 20% below regular retail value.

As this is an endowed scholarship, once the $100K is realized it will continue to provide opportunities in perpetuity. So this truly is a gift opportunity that will continue to give, year after year.  

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All contributions will be held by RISD, and RISD shall maintain and administer the Fund as designated shares within its pooled endowment.  To date, contributions total $25,250.00