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Texan Expat in London Launches Charity for American Art and Culture

An American living in London, Wim Vanderhoof, is fundraising to support US art and culture through his organization, Trivia Relief

Published on October 1, 2020

Trivia Relief Book Philomath is a free e-book launched by Trivia Relief

An American living in London, Wim Vanderhoof, has launched a new campaign to raise funds and support for American art and culture organisations, as part of his recently created organization Trivia Relief.

Trivia Relief is a pop charity project which was established by Wim in response to Covid-19. The project aims to raise finances and provide funds to established cultural institutions, with the view of working with these institutions to ensure funds reach individual artists whose work has been heavily disrupted by the pandemic.

The main focus of the campaign is a free to download trivia e-book, called Philomath: Challenging Trivia for Challenging Times. The book, written by Vanderhoof, is a celebration of American and world culture, with more than 3,000 questions from a wide range of categories, including literature, visual and performing arts, music, history, geography and the sciences.

Philomath is available to download for free from the Trivia Relief website, and readers are being encouraged to share the book with friends. Readers will then be asked to voluntarily donate to the project, to support cultural institutions. According to Trivia Relief, "Contributions are fully tax-deductible and all proceeds go to established non-profit organizations."

Organizations which will benefit from the project include Artist Relief, the Authors League Fund, Jazz Foundation of America and The Actors Fund.

Lee Briccetti, of the Poets House organization, praised the concept, saying that "The extraordinary goodwill of those who believe in the importance of the arts, spurred on by creative fundraising endeavors like Trivia Relief, is what keeps artists and arts organizations afloat in these times. We are pleased to be part of this project that invites people from all walks of life to give what they can – joining together to help build a vital lifeline to the arts community."

For more details on the Trivia Relief project, and to download the e-book for free or to donate, go to triviarelief.org

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