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Tap Into Art: A Great Success!

Monday, October 4, 2010 Don Marinelli co-founder of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, was this year’s honoree on September 30, 2010 , a highly appropriate choice given both his years of commitment to the arts and the event’s focus on the relationship between the arts and technology.

Event co-chairs Shelly Morningstar and Steve Frank forged new partnerships for Gateway including the Pittsburgh Technology Council, whose Design and Technology awards introduced Gateway to artists R. Weis, Eric Singer and Sandy Kessler Kaminski. These artists’ work was featured at the party and they are currently exploring ways to apply their skills as part of Gateway’s roster.

Prior to the event, the weekly e-magazine Pop City had the feature article Smart Art: Gateway to the Arts goes High Tech, highlighting the work of Kessler Kaminski, R. Weis and Gateway artists Cello Fury, who were the featured Highmark Foundation Performance Artiststhat night. Also performing that evening were AppalAsia, who along with Don Marinelli and Eric Singer’s musical robots were featured on WTAE-TV’s evening news.

Tap Into Artenjoyed terrific community support from our lead sponsors: The Charity Randall Foundation, as our Encore level sponsor, and 91.3  WYEP, our media sponsor. ThoughtForm, Inc. provided tremendous support by conceptualizing and designing the invitations. Additional underwriting and promotion was provided by Pittsburgh Quarterly, Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Eat’n Park, Fifth Third Bank, Michael Baker Corporation, Highmark Foundation, Aspinwall Everyday Gourmet, BNY Mellon, Giant Eagle, Mercury Printing, Pittsburgh Seltzer Works and Church Brew Works.

Individual contributions via ticket sales, donations, Year of Art raffle tickets, honoree tributes and silent auction bids helped us raise over $31,000. A list of individual donors and committee members, as well as the organizations that helped to support the arts-in-education via the silent auction and raffle, are available here.

Many, many thanks to Shelly, Steve and all who joined us to support the arts-in-education in western Pennsylvania and made Tap Into Art 2010 such a success!


Bzzz…Tap Into Art 2010 was a great success. Part fundraiser, part friendraiser, Gateway’s annual cocktail event honors individuals from the Pittsburgh community who support the arts-in-education.

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