The Society of Publication Designers has donated $10,000 to the AIGA Disaster Relief Fund, and another $10,000 to help students at Department of Art at Mississippi State University. This is the email sent from SPD:
Our community needs our help. Many designers and design students in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina have lost their homes and businesses, had their studies interrupted, lost files and equipment, and are struggling to cope with the aftermath of this disaster, and even more bad weather on the way. The Board of SPD has searched for ways to help.
On behalf of all SPD members, we are donating a total of $20,000 (approximately $25 per member) to two worthy sources: the AIGA Katrina Emergency Fund and its work with Displaced Designer, an online initiative to help designers displaced by Hurricane Katrina get back on their feet; and to the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, where many students have suffered extensive losses, including those transferring from schools on the Gulf Coast that are closed or no longer exist. This donation will help graphic design students whose families have been affected buy books and supplies this semester and continue their education.
As a community, we have tremendous power to help our fellow designers in this crisis. We encourage each of you to visit the Displaced Designer site: http://www.displaceddesigner.com. Please make your own contributions of funds, space, jobs – whatever you can do to help – through one of the many links on this site. If you wish to help design students affected by the hurricane, contributions can be mailed to: (Please make checks payable to the MSU Foundation and note Fine Arts Advancement Fund/SPD on the memo line.)
Head, Department of Art
College of Architecture, Art + Design
PO Box 5182, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Fred Woodward, President, Society of Publication Designers