Sponsors Sought For All Aboard! Artisans Express

For more information, please call 304.526.6314

While artists throughout the Tri-State are working on their designs with the goal of being included in the All Aboard! Artisans Express process, sponsors are being invited to support this public art initiative that will increase visitors while benefitting the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Interest is high, and more than 600 packets have been sent to artists who have indicated they will submit plans for a train. Several of the main sponsorships have already been claimed, including presenting sponsorship rights by CSX. A team of community volunteers and organizations are actively pursuing other potential sponsors at varying financial levels to help artists with their uniquely designed train models.

Organizations and community residents have been assisting with the project, including the GFWC Pea Ridge Women’s Club, which originally conceived of trains as a symbol of the rich history of Huntington. This idea gained momentum, eventually becoming the Artisans Express project through the combined efforts of Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary, Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, the City of Huntington and other community supporters of Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. The Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary then provided the initial startup money for the train models. Fifth Third Bank and local businesses Trifecta Productions and Galaxy Distributing are offering services to the project, and community residents Halcyon Moses, Deborah Pohlman, Jane Sawyers, Jennifer Anderson, Mary Jane McNeely and Susan Ballard have taken active roles in planning and securing sponsors.

“The group we have assembled for this project represents a variety of organizations and individuals that will all offer their individual talents to help All Aboard! Artisans Express be successful,” said Barry Tourigny, Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Chairman of the Artisans Express Committee. “From the original idea for a public art display to the ability to create a vision of what this project will be, we are all working together toward a common goal to help the children of our area have the highest quality healthcare facility in the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.”

Sponsorship levels may include having an active role in the design and creation of the train models. To learn more about sponsorship levels and the Artisans Express, please call 304.526.6314.

Background. All Aboard! Artisans Express is a collaborative public art initiative between the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, the City of Huntington and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary with the support of many organizations and businesses throughout the community. In keeping with Chicago’s Cows on Parade and Lexington’s Horse Mania, artists from throughout the Tri-State will apply their creativity to 42 fiberglass train engine models that will be displayed throughout the city next year. Artists will submit their ideas and those selected will take several months to create their model. The trains will be installed and on display in Huntington’s downtown from May 9, 2015 through October 31, 2015. At the close of the project, a special event, All Aboard! Rendezvous at the Rails, will be held to auction the trains off as a fundraiser for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. Follow the project on Twitter at @ArtisansExpress or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tristateartisansexpress.

  • Last updated: 10/29/2014
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