AVAM/Ted Frankel Are Selling Flags and Other Items To Help Haitians

Ted Frankel has raised more than $15,000 for earthquake victims through the sale of ceremonial flags, hand-made in Haiti.

A lot of people in Baltimore are helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti and many are from the local arts community. Ron Matz reports on one man who is reaching out to a country he loves. It’s a long way from Key Highway to Haiti, but the American Visionary Art Museum is helping to close the physical and emotional distance.

Ted Frankel has raised more than $15,000 for earthquake victims through the sale of ceremonial flags, hand-made in Haiti. “I decided to do something. I decided to put all our flags from the store and all Haitian art up on the website and for sale in the store with 100 percent going back to the artists. When I say 100 percent, I mean 100 percent, so they can start again. Hopefully it will fix what’s broken and they can continue to be the great artists that they are,” said Frankel.

Frankel fell in love with Haiti 15 years ago. He travels there several times a year. He’s been trying desperately to reach his friends.”When it first happened probably a little bit of fear and total concern about our friends down there, because after all those years we have Haitian family, the artists,” said Frankel.

Ted’s museum gift shop, Sideshow, also sells artwork made by children in a small Haitian village. “Like everyone else my hope is for rebuilding and for making the world aware of Haiti because it’s been such a lost country,” said Frankel.

In addition, the Hearts for Haiti are selling for a dollar and they are made by students at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City with all proceeds going to Haitian children. “I’m sort of just grassroots, but I’m hoping the millions raised will go into strengthening and rebuilding a country and showing the world what a vibrant place it really is,” said Frankel.

Ted hopes to return to Haiti soon, for now he just wants to help.”We do have a friend who’s a doctor down there and he has been a lifeline to the artists. Through him after the Internet got back up, we’ve gotten bits and pieces, but still don’t know about 30 percent of our friends, no contact,” said Frankel.

Ted Frankel says he has about 50 banners in his shop with another 30 waiting to be displayed. For more information, click here.http://wjz.com/local/haiti.American.Visionary.2.1447623.html

And to watch video and see ACFFC art on display, http://wjz.com/video/?id=66308@wjz.dayport.com

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