Thursday, April 25, 2002

Fine Arts Fund hits goal amid turbulence

By Jackie Demaline,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Despite 9-11, a recession and corporate downsizing, Cincinnati's work force came through for the arts again this year.

        The annual Fine Arts Fund campaign raised $9,303,755 for 2002, surpassing its goal by 0.4 percent. The fund total was announced Wednesday at the campaign finale at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

        “The employee campaigns were up,” said fund general chairman Craig Maier, president and chief executive of Frisch's Restaurants. He pointed to General Electric, which saw a 15% reduction in employees over the last year, but raised 3 percent more than its 2001 fund total. Several local companies had similar results.

        “It says that the people of Cincinnati understand the value of the arts,” says Mr. Maier. “We don't ask people to give, we ask them to invest.”

        Primary beneficiaries of the fund are the art museum, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Arts Center, May Festival, Playhouse in the Park and Taft Museum of Art.


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