On February 10, 2017, GoggleWorks
and the world lost a seminal leader and humanitarian, Albert Boscov. At GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, he was the co-founder and visionary. While GoggleWorks and Philadelphia are left with an enormous void, his vision is no more clouded by the fog of his passing. His values are to be commemorated and embodied: building a vibrant community through creative leadership, embracing education and the arts, and improving welfare for the most underserved among us.
Many of GoggleWorks visitors and supporters have asked what GoggleWorks will do to remember his life, leadership, and legacy. An unforgettable memorial event will be held for Mr. Boscov, but GoggleWorks believes it is the world’s duty to continue to remember his life, as well as celebrate his arts advocacy and charitable work, which is a particular gift to Berks County and beyond. This is made evident by contributions GoggleWorks has received in his honor, and the announcement by Sandy Solmon and Doug Messinger to match all donations to GoggleWorks in Mr. Boscov’s name, up to $100,000!
It isn’t enough to simply say what Albert Boscov gave to so many. We must also remember how. He was a man of charm, wit, gumption, and humor. His personality, sagacity and kindness were a bridge that connected people and groups far and wide. The memory of his dynamism frames the mission of GoggleWorks by reminding us that we must continue to enrich lives, not only by encouraging creative expression, but by connecting others with the joy of community and service.