Raise the Roof at the RAA


Watercolors are nice on canvas, but never pouring from a ceiling. After 15 years of wind, and storms, including Hurricane Sandy, the roof of the Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden has taken a beating. The RAA has repeatedly made repairs to keep up with the damage, but it is beyond the point of simple repairs.

“Beneath that roof is a unique, historic structure that houses art exhibitions and hosts performance events. It is our mission to offer these cultural programs to the residents of the area. RAA’s stewardship of this structure is crucial so that our community can continue to enjoy an array of enriching experiences within its walls,” a message on the RAA website reads.

To repair the roof, the RAA is currently raising funds to match a $10,000 grant from The Fund for the City of New York obtained via advocacy by RAA partner, the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Park Conservancy.

“The sTudio 7 gallery is the heart of RAA. Here, we have exhibited and worked with local, national and international artists for twenty-three years and counting. The gallery continues to serve as a vibrant and diverse venue serving the community with exhibitions, events and education programs, and expanding to include studio space for working artists,” the RAA notes.

During the season of giving, the RAA is asking the community to consider making a donation so that they can keep up the same great work that they do at sTudio 7.

In order to donate, head to www.rockawayartistsalliance.org, where you’ll find a form that will direct you to a way to pay through Paypal.