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Hartsfield-Jackson and Delaware North Raise Close to $9000 to Support High School Arts Programs
30 September,2013

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2013


Reese McCranie, Director of Communications
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Monica Fuentes, Dep. Director of Communications
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Hartsfield-Jackson and Delaware North Raise Close to $9000 to Support High School Arts Programs

Online auction of local high school art work adorning Concourse D concludes

ATLANTA – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Delaware North, an airport food and beverage partner, celebrated the culmination of an online art auction benefiting local Atlanta public high schools Thursday evening. The online art auction raised $8,851. All of the proceeds will go to the schools’ arts programs.

For the past two months, 14 large, colorful paintings by high school artists have adorned the otherwise blank construction walls on Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson. The art installation was part of a fundraising effort by Hartsfield-Jackson and Delaware North. Delaware North supplied six area high schools with canvases, paints and brushes, instructing the young artists to simply express themselves. The participating schools were: Tri-Cities, Langston Hughes, Maynard H. Jackson, Westlake, North Atlanta, and North Clayton high schools.

“We are thrilled that, together with Delaware North, we were able to engage our community to support a critical component of a well-rounded education,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller. “As the world’s busiest passenger airport, we are not just a hub for travel, but also a lens into what our great city has to offer, including the passion and talent of our youth.”

The high schools have all suffered deep cuts to their arts programs over the last several years. For many of these students, it was their first time using acrylic paints and canvases, rather than crayons and copy paper. The young artists donated their paintings to be auctioned off through an online auction so future students could have the art supplies they need. Now, with each school receiving at least $1000, art teachers will be able to supply drawing paper, ebony pencils, Conté crayons, watercolor paper, watercolor sets, colored pencils, and markers for the upcoming semester.

“Delaware North is a family-owned company that makes a point of being part of the communities where we do business. Partnering with Hartsfield-Jackson and the local high schools opened our eyes to the immense talent in our public schools,” said Matt King, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. "We encourage continued community support of the arts and these promising young artists."

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