The Show Goes on for NAP Venues Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Fulton County, Georgia and VIA Metropolitan Transit, Texas were just two National Arts Program® Venues that were impacted by these hurricanes

Fulton County, Georgia and VIA Metropolitan Transit, Texas were just two National Arts Program® Venues that were impacted by these hurricanes yet they committed to moving forward with their respective shows. These exhibits are a time for the employee community to celebrate each other and their families. It is a time to come together and honor the creative parts of their lives. Such an uplifting and celebratory event is certainly a welcome distraction during the months of difficult recovery that lie ahead for so many.

This year was VIA Metropolitan Transit’s 7th Annual National Arts Program® Exhibit and it was slated to have an opening reception on August 26th. With Hurricane Harvey bearing down on Texas, Coordinator Daniel Rodriquez made plans to reschedule after the storm had passed. He felt the time was right just two weeks later and held their awards celebration on September 9th. Many came to honor the artists and take in the 158 artworks that were on display; including VIA President & CEO Jeffery Arndt, VP of Human Resources Marcus Peoples, and Manager of Employee Service & Benefits Cathy Schnitzer.


A view of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s 7th Annual National Arts Program® Exhibit reception.

Coordinator Connie Cross was nearing the end of her open National Arts Program® registration period for Fulton County, Georgia when their offices had to schedule to close as they prepared for Hurricane Irma to move through. As they reopened on Wednesday, September 13th with many in Atlanta out of power and schools closed, they began collecting artworks. Connie pushed her deadline back again to accommodate artists that were affected and took in artwork for as many days as possible into the following week. In the end the show was a success and the awards reception, which was televised, was enjoyed by all. 

One last show that was in the path of a storm was Seminole County, Florida. Coordinator Christine Patten had to postpone their National Arts Program® show due to storm damage from Hurricane Irma. With new dates set for approximately one month later than planned, they are now full speed ahead on both recovery efforts and celebrating through this joyous art exhibition. We couldn't be more thrilled that our dedicated coordinators are committed to their exhibits during these stressful and busy times. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted by these storms.