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GCAC Establishes Artist Relief Fund for Columbus Arts Festival Artists After Devastating Storm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2011

Contact: Jami Goldstein
jgoldstein@gcac.org
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) is establishing an Artist Relief Fund to assist the numerous artists who lost art, displays and tents in the flash storm on Saturday, June 4. The fund will help alleviate the costs of replacing equipment so that the artists can continue to exhibit at other festivals throughout the summer.

Thirty-two artist tents were destroyed and 12 artists suffered so much damage to their work and displays that they were unable to set back up for the remainder of the show.

GCAC is assessing losses from all artists and will divide the contributions to the fund according to need. GCAC will contribute the first $1,000 to the fund.

To contribute to the fund visit the Columbus Arts Festival Web site at www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org.  Click here fto access a secure online form for contributions or mail a check made out to GCAC Artist Relief Fund to GCAC, 100 E. Broad St., Sutie 2250, Columbus OH 43215.  Contact Jami Goldstein at 614/460-9369 or jgoldstein@gcac.org with questions.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 or visitwww.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artist and activities.

The 2011 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, State Auto, Belvedere Vodka, Bella Giardino Landscaping, Catering by Scott, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Fahlgren, Glazer’s, GRID Furnishings, Heineken, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel, Oscar Mayer, Sherwin Williams, Target, The Westin and ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars. Media sponsors include AliveOhio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD101@102.5FM, WCBE 90.5FM, WMNI/Classic Hits 103.9 FM.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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