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AT & T Donates $500,000 in Artwork to Community organizations in California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- AT&T California announced donations of artwork from its collection to nonprofit organizations across California in celebration of California Arts Day.

AT&T has a long history of community involvement and philanthropic contributions, which includes support for the arts. This year, the company is donating select paintings, sculptures and other artwork from its collection to community partners and non-profit organizations across California.

"Up close and personal, art communicates and demonstrates how a culture defines and expresses itself -- and almost always with intense passion and skill," said Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California. "As a company in the business of communication, it's that passion, combined with skill and talent that we respect so much in the artist and their craft. We want to make sure that these wonderful works of art from our collection are available for the community to experience, discuss, and enjoy. We're proud to honor California Arts Day and help celebrate creative expression and diversity in our communities."

"California Arts Day is the perfect time for AT&T to make this announcement," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Our thanks to the company for this donation, and helping to make art more accessible to the people of California."

Donated works of art include contemporary pieces from such well known artists as Elmer Bischoff, Kikuo Saito, Richard Serra, Terry Adkins and Charles Arnoldi.

California organizations receiving art donations from AT&T's collection include:

Bakersfield Museum of Art
Billy De Frank LGBT Community Center, San Jose
Center for Accessible Technology, Berkeley
CHARO, Los Angeles
Fresno Art Museum
Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
Kimochi, Inc., San Francisco
Los Angeles Urban League
Monterey County NAACP
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
San Diego LGBT Community Center
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
World Institute on Disability, Oakland

Two important works by acclaimed contemporary artists Barbara Rogers and Jennifer Bartlett have already been presented to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

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