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Hello, friends!

As summer turns to fall, we reflect on an exciting past few months here at 25 Jobs Lane. With real purpose, Team SAC endeavored to deliver a dynamic, fun, and lively experience to our community. From themed outdoor film weekends to the aptly named WHIMSY sculpture garden, curated by Eric Fischl, from BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER, which exploded out of our galleries, to the magical Hamptons Jazz Fest nights and inspiring ICP Talks, summer at SAC has set the table as we now look to offer a more contemplative slate of fall programming. We aim to be reflective and responsive to the moment, and find ways to strengthen our community. But don’t worry, we’ll have fun too…

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And now, as we look to the fall, there are a few thoughts I’d like to share with you.

I’m excited to share our new exhibition, CLEARING THE AIR – The Transformative Power of the Arts, curated by Jay Davis, opens this Friday, September 17. Following a year of unique and unprecedented challenges, I firmly believe that art is a powerful tool in the healing process – for both the artist and the observer. Complementing and surrounding CLEARING THE AIR will be films, talks, workshops, and events across all disciplines highlighting art as a means for therapy, escape, distraction, elevation, and reflection.

A key goal for our founders when they set out to make SAC a reality was to establish the Village of Southampton as a thriving arts district. Looking around the Village now, it’s clear that a cultural renaissance is taking place in Southampton. And that’s just what we aim to do – build our community through the arts. Our annual Architecture + Design Tour, our new Whimsy in the Garden cocktail party, the now annual intimate Patrons Circle Dinner, and the 75+ films, talks, wellness, live, and kids’ programs this summer – are just a few examples of SAC’s leadership role as a home for inspiring work that also serves as an economic catalyst for our local businesses.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank our generous sponsors that have helped advance our mission. Among our title sponsors is Primary Care and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, which we welcome to Southampton, and thank for sponsoring the SAC Summer Stage and CLEARING THE AIR. Our friends at Investors Bank brought free kids’ programs to SAC every Thursday, while Brown Harris Stevens once again presented feature films and thought-provoking documentaries each weekend. Hauser and Wirth’s support of WHIMSY kept our grounds, which are always open, an exciting place to be this summer, while Vistaprint elevated BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER with free admission and takeaways for all visitors. Sincere gratitude as well to J.P. Morgan Private Bank, SAC’s Financial Literacy Partner. And of course, I must thank our devoted team and Board Members for their tireless work. I am incredibly grateful to work alongside such a talented and dedicated group of individuals.

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We hope you will visit us soon to explore the new exhibition, and perhaps find your own sense of healing, however that may look to you. I look forward to seeing you at SAC.

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Warmly,

Tom Dunn
Executive Director

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PS – What we do, we do for you! Please feel free to reach out to us anytime to let us know how we’re doing, what you’d like to see more of, or perhaps share a story or memory of SAC. You can reach me directly at tdunn@southamptoncenter.org.

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