(San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2020) In response to the emergency caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), Artists for Puerto Rico announced a virtual art auction with more than 50 pieces by local and international artists, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, a nonprofit organization that positively impacts thousands of children and youth from disadvantaged communities on the island.
Artists for Puerto Rico is an initiative created to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Since its inception, artists have been invited to donate works for auction, earmarking the proceeds to a community-based organization focused on social justice. Eneida Cardona, one of the founders and co-creators of the initiative, expressed that their mission is “to support the recovery of Puerto Rico, as well as its present and future of generations, by helping to finance education and art initiatives such as the educational program by Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico. In this way, all the proceeds directly impact the communities that need us most in these times of social distancing ”.
Their year the event will be virtual. All public is welcome to look at the available works of art at artistsforpuertorico.org starting Tuesday, May 19. However, the bidding period will start on Mondayday, May 25 through the Better World platform, at tinyurl.com/artistsforpr. A variety of works will be auctioned, including photographs, paintings, jewelry and skateboards by artists such as Harvey Stein, Joe Castro, Paul Qyasi, Frank Fournier, David Dee Delgado, Groana Meléndez, among many others.
“At Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, art is one of the essential components of the educational services we offer our kids. We feel honored to be the recipient of such a beautiful effort to benefit the island’s children and youth. We want to highlight the importance of diaspora artists in making this auction possible. Furthermore, we appreciate the support and trust of Artists for Puerto Rico, in the midst of this new reality caused by COVID-19 ”, highlighted Patricia de la Torre, Director of Private Partnerships at BGCPR.
“100 percent of the money we raise will be donated, and the people who take part in the event can be sure that their money is going to an important cause: children and youth. This is the second year we’re donating everything we raise to Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, and we know this is the right decision, since they have education initiatives, such as Edúcate en Casa, that help bridge the educational gap caused by schools closing”, added Cardona.
For more information, visit artistsforpuertorico.org or on Instagram as artistsforpr. Information is also available on Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico social networks.
Peter Agron | Peggy Anderson | Jose Aurelio Baez | Sophie Barbasch | Alex Bershaw | This Woman’s Work/Kendra Benson | Rhona Bitner | Noella Borie | Sasha Bush | Eneida Cardona | Mighty Joe Castro | Joseph Desler Costa | Crash | Omar Cruz | Pablo Delano | David Dee Delgato | Christian Erroi | Brad Farwell | Ricky Flores | Frank Fournier | Alfred González | David Gonzalez | Chuck Kelton | Jason Lee | Pablo Lerma | Son Little | Janelle Lynch | Krissy Mahan | Sam Margevicius | Karen Marshall | Sebastián Meltz-Collazo | Groana Melendez | Darin Mickey | Lauren Oliver | Mathew Papa | Sylvia Plachy | Paul Qaysi | Clarence Elie Rivera | Mardelis Morales Rosado | Barbara Rothman | Liz Sales | Chris Salvatore | Nelson Santiago | Rhynna M. Santos | Silvia Saponaro | James Lam Scheuren | Carrie Schneider | Patricia Silvia | Bayete Ross Smith | Harvey Stein | Joni Sternbach | BG183 Tats Cru | Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciani Tata Cru | Edwin Torres | Martina Tuaty | Terttu Uibopuu | We Who Prey | Bernard Yenelouis