Don’t you just love it when your kids bring home artwork they made for you? I remember how excited I was when my daughter made her first piece of art. She’s 25 now and recently has been taking an art class at teachers’ college and I’m still filled with pride and joy when she shows me something she has made. My little grand niece and grand nephew love when I walk through the door of their house carrying my art bag because they know that means we’ll spend the afternoon creating. And because of them, I still have a refrigerator full of kid art that makes me smile every time I walk into my kitchen.
Recently I learned about #BuyArtNotKids and the idea really spoke to me. BANK raises awareness and money through art to support Ratanak International – a Canadian charity that rescues and rehabilitates child sex trafficking victims in Cambodia. The very idea that the children I love have been able to sing and dance and play and make art while others are being exploited is just heartbreaking. Often when faced with such tragedy, we may think, “What can we do?”. BANK provides us with a tangible way to help. And what better way to help than through art?
On April 4th, 2014 a silent art auction will be held to raise money for these children. The auction is hosted by the BANK committee of volunteers in partnership with Havergal College in Toronto. The event, while raising awareness about child sex trafficking, will include live music, performance art, raffle prizes, delicious food and wine, and most importantly, an opportunity for you to purchase beautiful art by notable Canadian artists.
BANK Art Auction – Location: Havergal College – 1451 Avenue Road, Toronto ON, M5N 2H9 Tickets are $75 with all proceeds going to Ratanak International’s Trafficking Prevention Program
For those not in the Greater Toronto Area, BANK also accepts donations online from their website. Your support funds programs at the community level in many rural villages, educating families on the signs and dangers of trafficking. Hear Brian McConaghy, executive director and founder speak about the program here.
Those who know me, know that I’ve long supported non-profit organizations that use art for good. They sum it up perfectly on the BANK website:
Art Can Change Everything
Art can build up, or tear down; it can raise hope or trigger devastation. It communicates truth, or spreads lies. But can art really change the world? Without acting on it, the change that art points us towards is lost. Art itself cannot change the world, but art can change people. And people can change the world! The Buy Art Not Kids Art Auction will celebrate the connection between art and its call-to-action by showcasing ‘art that inspires’. – Buy Art Not Kids
Please consider helping BANK – even just sharing this blog post and spreading the word is a big help! I’d also like to invite you to join in on March 20th for a Twitter Party with fantastic prizes. More details to come.