Art Reach is keeping creativity alive through COVID-19

Story by Hanna Stockwell

Photos by Jacob Czopek

Art Reach is a local non-profit organization located in downtown Mount Pleasant. The organization’s goal is to keep art and culture alive with the help of community events and empowering local artists.

Art Reach’s Executive Director, Amy Powell has held her position with the organization for over four years. She shares her love of art and sense of community with various donors and artists.

Powell explains that the organization took a large hit due to COVID-19. Art Reach was unable to have their annual youth summer art classes this year.

“We really took a hit in our store revenue and classes,” Powell said. “We are not alone and we recognize that.”

Although COVID-19 has put a hold on a variety of Art Reach events, the organization still provides programs for the community.

Their doors closed from mid-March to the beginning of June.

The organization provides an art gallery with various pieces of arts like textiles and others pieces made by over 150 local artists. Artists who sell pieces are given 60% profit of the piece, while Art Reach holds 40%.

The gallery is free and open to the public.

All students receive 15% discount of all pieces in the gallery.

Art Reach is currently seeking social media ambassadors. If you have interest in the position, you may contact Amy Powell.