There’s a lot to do this holiday season, but this year, a party or two in the name of a fundraiser means more than most. Hurricane Sandy has devastated many arts organizations, and it’s important that as an art community we band together to do as much as we can for organizations who need it. That’s why we added the artist residency and exhibition space Smack Mellon to our Wienerfest fundraiser this Sunday, and it’s one of many reasons I hope you’ll come out.
Smack Mellon is currently closed, with more than $400,000 in damages to cover. With your help, we can help them reopen as early as January. To make those first steps towards their recovery, they need to repair their electrical system, a cost they estimate at between $11,000 and $15,000. That’s totally doable. In fact, it’s double doable: Smack Mellon has received a grant that will match our own donations dollar for dollar, up to $5,000.
So come out to the Wienerfest, support criticism, and more importantly support the art organizations that showcase the emerging and under-known artists that make up the bulk of the art community. If you like Liz Magic Laser, if you like Heather Rowe, Rona Yefman, LoVid, Wayne Hodge, Sharon Hayes, Jennifer Dalton, Patty Chang, or Meridith Pingree, you should know that Smack Mellon has supported these artists and more. Now it’s our turn to support Smack Mellon. Let’s do them right.