Friday, April 30, 1999

$8 million-plus a Fine Arts Fund record

New programs in the works

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Fine Arts Fund announced a 1999 campaign total of $8,383,451 — the largest in its 50-year history — Thursday evening at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

        The figure marked an increase of 11 percent — $830,792 — from 1998 and will clear the way for a new associate member category that will beef up support to smaller arts groups.

        It will mark the first time the fund offers significant support to arts companies beyond the Big Eight.

        The 1999 campaign was led by general chairman Durk Jager, chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co.

        Mary McCullough-Hudson, executive director of the Cincin nati Institute of Fine Arts, parent to the fund, said the campaign total was reached with “sustainable, real money.”

        Mr. Jager was delighted with the generous giving, but said: “We need, in Cincinnati, to have a much broader base of people who participate and take advantage of the arts.”

        The fund primarily supports the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony, Contemporary Arts Center, May Festival, Playhouse in the Park and Taft Museum.

        The pool of money for the Community Arts Fund and the new associate member category will be about $600,000.

        Details about the associate member category will be announced within weeks. Ms. McCullough-Hudson says the $300,000 available will be granted based on artistic merit, fiscal responsibility and governance.


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