Even years after hurricane Katrina, the city and people of New Orleans still need help. This year Siggraph is being held in the city and as a rallying call to all creatives, I want to challenge you to make a donation to the Make It Right organization. They’re working with world renowned architects to gives these people what they’ve lost, livelihood, security and safety – a home.
The SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers, an organization formed by scientists, engineers, artists, and industry professionals active in computer graphics since the inception of SIGGRAPH, have adopted a house being built by the Make It Right Foundation.
There is no minimum amount required, donors are asked to give what they can afford. Together, let’s help Make it Right again.
Join the SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers Facebook Group and encourage your friends to donate to the cause.
Make It Right, a collaboration between actor Brad Pitt, Graft Architects, Cherokee Gives Back and William McDonough + Partners was founded in 2007 to help rebuild the New Orleans Lower 9th Ward, an area that was completely wiped out during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Make It Right Foundation is committed to building 150 energy efficient, solar powered, storm resistant homes in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, and the SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers want to help.
“We have had wonderful experiences in New Orleans for the SIGGRAPH conference,” said Kathleen Maher, vice president, Jon Peddie Research and a member of the SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers. “However, the devastation Katrina left in its wake is unfathomable, and unless you’ve seen it firsthand, it’s really hard to imagine. The SIGGRAPH Pioneers encourage the graphics community to band together and help support the victims of Hurricane Katrina by helping New Orleans return to its former glory,” continues Maher. “Every dollar counts to help ‘Make it Right’ for those families still trying to recover from such the devastation.”
Progress on the Make It Right house will be announced at the SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers dinner, however, the group will continue fundraising after the conference.
Jon Peddie Research is an active supporter of this project and will recognize significant donors on their site. To kick off the donation drive, Jon Peddie Research will be donating $200 from every market report it sells during the month of August 2009.
Donate: Make It Right