Cummins and Heritage Fund are the main sponsors of the exhibition
Landmark Columbus Foundation has announced the main sponsors of the 2021 Columbus Exhibition exhibit.
Cummins Inc. is the presenting sponsor. Heritage Fund – The Bartholomew County Community Foundation, through a grant received from Lilly Endowment Inc., is the presenting sponsor of the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Award from the exhibition.
These sponsorships will anchor this year’s program and “create a solid foundation for widespread community support,” according to the organizers.
The event will open to the public on August 21 as a free outdoor exhibit with more than 13 temporary art and architectural installations on display throughout the city center.
“We are honored to receive such generous philanthropic support,” said Richard McCoy, Executive Director of Landmark Columbus, the event’s umbrella organization. “These sponsorships reinforce our mission to care for, celebrate and advance the cultural heritage of this remarkable Indiana city.”
Mary Titsworth Chandler, Cummins vice president of community relations, spoke about the city’s Modernist architectural heritage.
“The Cummins Architecture Program has helped make Columbus a world-class architectural destination,” she said in a statement.
Jennifer Rumsey, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cummins, called Exhibit Columbus “an exciting cultural event that reflects my enthusiasm for Cummins’ role in building prosperous communities of tomorrow.”
Cummins has a long history of supporting the Exhibit Columbus program and the broader mission of the Landmark Columbus Foundation. Since 1919, the company’s headquarters have been located in the heart of downtown Columbus.
The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize is the centerpiece of the Columbus exhibit and was established “as one of North America’s most sought-after awards for artists, architects and designers,” according to a Press release.
It honors the legacy of two great local patrons. The five 2020-21 Miller Prize winners were selected for their commitment “to the transformative power that architecture, art and design have to improve people’s lives and make cities better places to live,” said the organizers.
Heritage Fund and Cummins Inc. have provided fundamental support to Exhibit Columbus since its inception as Design Legacy Supporters.