Things are really getting exciting with the Art in Hand-Portland Project deck! Each artist created their piece for the deck knowing that the original artwork would be auctioned off for charity. All the pieces are now up for auction on a site called Bidding for Good. The online auction runs through May 22nd. Bid early, bid often! You can see my Ace of Spades auction page here.
We were able to choose which charity our piece would go to, and I chose Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington. Local folks may know them as the “Run for the Arts people”! They do great stuff in our local schools:
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington connects classroom teachers with over 200 skilled residency & performing artists who provide programs in multiple artistic disciplines and cultures. Together they use the arts to make learning come alive for their students. Through Young Audiences’ Run For The Arts, schools raise the funds to bring artists into their classrooms, pay for field trips to see performances and exhibitions and purchase art supplies.
We are helping to inspire the artists, audiences, patrons and creative citizens of the future.
In the 2008-2009 school year, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington:
* Served 223 schools in 39 districts
* Provided arts experiences to nearly 90,000 children
* Helped 93 area schools raise over $675,000 through Run For The Arts
* Presented 241 residencies and 319 performances by professional teaching artists
The artwork will be on display in quite a few locations while the auction is in full swing. Your first chance to see them will be this Thursday, April 29th, at a sneak preview at Alberta’s Grow Gallery (1614 NE Alberta) from 6pm-9pm. There will be just ten pieces at this event as selected by Facebook Fans. If you haven’t already joined the Art in Hand-Portland Project Facebook page, do so now and choose your ten favorites!