Winter Blues Jazz Fest founders announce creation of nonprofit

The founders of Winter Blues Jazz Fest announced Wednesday the creation of CultureFix, a Williamsburg nonprofit hoping to enhance the community's cultural energy and vitality, according to the organization's website.

"We needed an organization to house these larger events, like the Winter Blues Jazz Fest," said Jennifer Raines, CultureFix co-founder and Quirks of Art owner.

Raines and Steve Rose, owner of Williamsburg Event Rentals, founded Winter Blues Jazz Fest in 2015.

The couple hope, through CultureFix, to continue initiating and improving cultural events throughout Greater Williamsburg.

"It's the synergy that's missing," Raines said. "That's what we're trying to do is bring people together to create a multitude of things."

Other events currently under the CultureFix umbrella include 2nd Sundays Art and Music Festival and the Jamestown ChowderFest. Events in the works include a two-day blues festival and a food drive with a creative spin.

Raines said, though, that CultureFix hopes to be about much more than just events.

According to the website, other goals include working towards an art-focused communal space, as well as supporting local artists, organizations and businesses.

Read more in Saturday's issue of the Gazette. 

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