AIGA LAUNCHES DISASTER RELIEF TASK FORCE TO AID DESIGNERS IMPACTED BY KATRINA

19 September 2005
New York (United States) - In the aftermath of Katrina, The American Institute of Graphic Arts has created a Disaster Task Force that will focus on providing assistance to design professionals who are directly impacted by the hurricane.
New York (United States) - In the aftermath of Katrina, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has created a Disaster Task Force that will focus on providing assistance to design professionals who are directly impacted by the hurricane. AIGA has approximately 250 members living and working in the Gulf Coast Region. It appears that most of these managed to find safety within 600 miles of their homes, but in many instances they have lost their homes, jobs and studios. Hundreds of AIGA members have responded to the plight of these people, offering compassion and contributions.

Initially this Task Force will focus on pairing the needs of design professionals and students with the contributions being offered (including, but not limited to, equipment, work, schooling, space and funding). These offers to help will be publicly posted online so that peers can directly help peers.

To deliver the relief aid, AIGA will be partnering with Displaced Designer, an organization that has been set up specifically for Katrina victims who are designers. The organization has developed a website: www.displaceddesigner.com that seeks to partner up resources with those in need of assistance.

The AIGA has also established a Relief Fund of $10 000. Contributions to this fund will go toward providing basic support to get affected designers back into business.

Eventually, the Disaster Task Force will create a handbook and set of tools so that AIGA will be ready to help in the event of other crisis situations in the future.

If you would like to contribute funds, please send a cheque made out to AIGA Disaster Relief Fund to:

AIGA Disaster Relief
164 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10010

All funds given to the AIGA Relief Fund will benefit designers. No monies will go to administrative expenses or other general purposes.



For further information please contact:

AIGA Disaster Relief
164 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10010