I had no idea about this until Ame Strong from Rosco Labs informed me of the program – Rosco has three colors of Lux that, when you purchase them, create donations for charity organizations. That is awesome.
Rosco #313 (Light Relief Yellow), #359 (Medium Violet), and #361 (Hemsley Blue) are all representative of the charities that they support. This is a great program – Light Relief and Behind the Scenes are organizations that help to support lighting designers in financial distress, and The Hemsley Grant is an internship program with the New York CIty Opera. These are great programs – I had no idea about these, and since I have been known to use R359, I feel great about it!
Here’s some information from the Rosco site about the three color program:
#313 Light Relief Yellow
Light Relief Charity
Light Relief Yellow 313 was created by Rick Fisher on behalf of the Light Relief charity, the objective being threefold; to offer additional exposure to this important endeavor, to provide a revenue stream to the charity and to offer a new color to designers everywhere.
When asked about the choice of color, Fisher said “I wanted the Light Relief yellow to be a warm late afternoon sunny color. So many yellows look harsh or acidic. Light Relief yellow is a good bridge between the pale straw shades and the ambers we use all the time”. Fisher also commented, “I am thrilled to be working with this wonderful initiative of Rosco’s to benefit Light Relief and bring about a new addition to the their color range”.
#359 Medium Violet
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are ill or injured. Individuals and organizations contribute money to the program, and Behind the Scenes provides grants for emergency situations. With this initiative, our industry can make sure our colleagues are cared for when tragedy strikes.
Many people in the entertainment technology industry lack health insurance and other financial support systems that are common for professionals in other fields. Behind the Scenes helps industry members through crises, such as serious illness, injury or death by fitting each grant to the recipient’s needs. Funds can be used for medical care and living expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, transportation and child care.
#361 Hemsley Blue
Hemsley Lighting Programs
Mark Stanley, resident Lighting Director for the New York City Ballet and Associate Professor at Boston University, designed this color as a memorial to his mentor, the late Gilbert Hemsley. Mark Stanley said: “Gilbert had an extraordinary sense of color and was a particular fan of blues. We needed a blue filter similar to those Gilbert used on the older Leko’s – but updated for modern fixtures.
This new filter is a beautiful cold blue that won’t turn muddy when dimmed. It’s right out of Lake Mendota in Madison. The fact that every purchase will benefit the Hemsley Lighting Program is a gracious tribute by Rosco to Gilbert’s spirit and legacy”.