We Need Your Support

A Letter from Executive Director Mark Lubell
Mar 27, 2020
A Letter from Executive Director Mark Lubell
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Dear ICP Community,

We cannot thank you enough for your continued care and concern for ICP and our faculty, staff, and students. I hope you are all reading this in good health as we face the challenges of an unprecedented global event together.

As you know, we recently opened the doors of ICP’s new home at 79 Essex Street on January 25, 2020. Thanks to our steadfast community of supporters who remain committed to our mission, our opening weeks were a major success. The new ICP at Essex Crossing was met with enthusiasm and praise from first-time visitors and long-time friends alike, neighbors from our new Lower East Side community, and diverse audiences across New York City and beyond.

Despite temporarily closing our new home, ICP remains focused on continuing to provide compelling content and programming, as well as ways for our community to stay connected. We are banding together with our photographic community across the globe to document the crisis and share stories in the spirit of “concerned photography,” on which we were founded. As always, our mission to support and raise awareness of humanitarian documentary work endures.

To engage and build community at this moment, we launched an open call on ICP’s Instagram handle @ICP, asking our extended network of artists, educators, and supporters of photography and imagemaking to use #ICPConcerned. Each day, we select images tagged with the hashtag to feature on @ICP. It is our goal now more than ever to utilize the power of photography to inform, inspire hope, and offer much needed respite.

ICP also strives to provide continuity for our entire community—students, alumni, members, visitors, and faculty. Within a matter of days, our curators and exhibiting artists launched virtual tourspodcasts, and Spotify playlists; ICP faculty adjusted their curricula to move courses online; our Public Programs team adapted upcoming events to online platforms; and our Community Programs team assessed the technological resources of teens at home to create robust remote learning experiences for the extended ICP family.

To be able to continue this important work, we need your help. While we know we are not alone in this challenging moment, we hope you might consider supporting and helping to sustain ICP's programs.

All of us at ICP appreciate your continued support and are grateful for the resiliency of our community, no matter what we face.

With continued thanks,

Mark Lubell
Executive Director

P.S. ICP staff would love to hear from you, answer any questions you may have, and learn about how photography is helping you cope with the uncertainty of these times. Please do not hesitate to call the Membership Department at 212.857.0003 or [email protected].