Big Ass Fans® Partners with Art Start, NYC Non-Profit Organization

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Big Ass Fans partners with Art Start, a New York City-based, non-profit organization that provides at-risk kids with opportunities for success in life using art and music. To coincide with the launch of Isis, a new residential ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans, the company is donating a portion of sales to Art Start.

Isis from Big Ass Fans in the standard aluminum finish

“Art Start provides at-risk youth with opportunity and hope through art,” said Carey Smith, president and CEO, Big Ass Fans.

Big Ass Fans®, the leading designer and manufacturer of large-diameter, low-speed ceiling and vertical fans, has partnered with Art Start, a New York City non-profit organization that uses art and music to change young lives and transform the community. To coincide with the Big Ass Fans residential product launch of Isis®, a silent, sleek, energy-efficient, luxury ceiling fan, the company will donate 5% of Isis sales during May and June 2010 to Art Start, in an effort to support a remodel of their art rooms in a lower Manhattan homeless shelter.

“Art Start provides at-risk youth with opportunity and hope through art,” said Carey Smith, president and CEO, Big Ass Fans. “Big Ass Fans is pleased to donate a portion of the sales proceeds of our new residential fan, Isis, to support Art Start’s mission.”

Art Start volunteer artists work with kids in homeless shelters, group homes, and alternative-to-incarceration programs. Through painting, dancing, hip hop, piano, poetry and a myriad of other art forms, the organization uses the arts to enable their youth participants to rise above hardship by replacing frustration and instability with a sense of accomplishment, confidence and direction.

For the past 18 years, one of Art Start’s programs has conducted weekly workshops within three rooms in this shelter. The spaces have been maintained, but are poorly lit, unwelcoming and outdated. With the help of a SoHo design firm, Art Start seeks to transform these special spaces within the shelter to a new home for the Art Start kids. A space that is bright, clean, modern, eco-friendly and welcoming.

“We’re seeking to turn Art Start into a “place” of pride, possibility and inspiration for all children and volunteers who come together each week to create, dream and achieve,” said Johanna De Los Santos, Executive Director, Art Start. “It’s companies like Big Ass Fans that help us make this happen. We are grateful for their support!”

To donate materials or funds to Art Start, contact Executive Director, Johanna De Los Santos at (917) 653-8659 or johanna@art-start.org. To learn more about Art Start visit, http://www.art-start.org/ or call (212) 460-0019.

To learn more about Isis from Big Ass Fans visit, http://www.bigassfans.com/residential/ or call 877-BIG FANS.

About Art Start
Founded in 1991, Art Start is a New York City non-profit organization that uses the creative process to change young lives and transform communities in New York City’s homeless shelters, group homes and alternative to incarceration programs. Through painting, dancing, hip hop, piano, poetry and a myriad of other art forms, Art Start uses the arts to enable their youth participants to rise above hardship by replacing frustration and instability with a sense of accomplishment, confidence and direction.

Though they face many obstacles, Art Start youth have dreams that far surpass their circumstances. They yearn to be participants and to make meaningful contributions. Art Start works with at-risk youth to turn project achievements into life achievements. They provide their young people with opportunities for success. They give them tools, structure, support, and most importantly, a chance to be heard.

About Big Ass Fans
Big Ass Fans is the leading manufacturer of huge ceiling fans for large industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Big Ass Fans range in size from six feet to 24 feet in diameter, using low horsepower motors to generate energy-efficient air movement for large spaces. Big Ass Fans can be used year round to provide occupant comfort and energy savings. There are over 40,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in applications such as manufacturing plants, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, art galleries, restaurants, health clubs, zoos and homes! Product solutions include Pivot™, Powerfoil®X™, Powerfoil®X Plus™, AirGo™, and the new Element® and Isis® designed for commercial spaces. For more information about Big Ass Fans, please visit the Web site at http://www.bigassfans.com.

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