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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
GEORGE RAMIREZ PRESENTS $10,000 CHECK TO NEW MEMORIAL FUND HONORING BARRY HORN
BMFA creates memorial fund to honor late director
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art has created a memorial fund to honor the legacy of its late executive director, Barry T. Horn, who died this weekend.
The memorial fund, which will be administered by the museum, will support a public art program throughout the City of Brownsville. The fund will encourage the installation of artwork in a wide range of public locations.
The fund will support projects that promote a culture of creativity and encourage new and emerging artists. Such projects will serve as visual reminders of Horn’s life-long desire to make art relevant and accessible to all people.
“Barry strongly believed that art should be available to all,” said Eddie Knebel, board president. “The Museum has the opportunity to perpetuate Barry’s legacy through an endowment that will bear his name and honor his ideals.”
The memorial fund was created at a meeting on Tuesday of the museum’s Board of Trustees. George Ramirez, owner of Polibrid Coatings, attended the meeting and presented a $10,000 check to the museum to be used by the fund.
“I want this contribution to serve as a challenge to everyone who believes in Barry’s vision for the arts in Brownsville,” Ramirez said. “The recent city budget issues have created divisiveness among cultural organizations here. We need to stand together during this tragic time.”
To contribute to the memorial fund in honor of Barry T. Horn, contact Linda Marin, Interim Executive Director, at (956) 542-0941.
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