Free Arts NYC 13th Annual Art Auction

Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, NY, NY | 04.23.2012 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On April 23, 2012, more than 500 guests convened at Chelsea's Eyebeam venue to support Free Arts NYC's 13th Annual Art Auction presented by Whitewall Magazine and fashion designer Monika Chiang. The benefit, co-chaired by Mary Alice Stephenson, Amy Sacco, and Amanda Ross (left), raised over $500,000 for Free Arts NYC's art mentoring programs for underserved youth. 89 works by accomplished artists were exhibited and auctioned, including works by Roberta Bayley, Cecily Brown, Dan Colen, Tara Donovan, Glenn Ligon, Jeff Muhs, Dave Muller, Sterling Ruby, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Spencer Tunick, Massimo Vitali, and Christopher Wool.

Notable attendees at the event included May Anderson, Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, Tyson Chandler, Monika Chiang, Doo-Ri Chung, Blythe Danner, Erin Fetherston, Douglas Friedman, Sarah Hoover, Chrissy Teigen & John Legend, Bibhu Mohapatra, Misha Nonoo, Monique Péan, Cynthia Rowley, Kelly Rutherford, Michael Shulman, Lynn Collins and Steven Strait, and Ed Westwick. DJ Chelsea Leyland provided an eclectic selection of new and old tunes.

Free Arts NYC has been building and strengthening communities by connecting volunteers to underserved children and families for the last 15 years. Through its core programs, the organization empowers children to transcend poverty, neglect, abuse, drugs, violence, and other challenges, and encourages them to develop skills and resources necessary to meet their full potential. Weekly Mentor Programs connect small groups of 6-13 year old children with professional facilitators and volunteers who mentor them through arts-based projects. In the Parents and Children Together with Art Program (PACT), facilitators and trained volunteers work with children and their parents, using art as a vehicle to enhance family communication, collaboration, and sharing.

On Free Arts Days, volunteer "buddies" guide children through a variety of art projects, allowing them to explore different materials. The Cultural Enrichment program provides children and families with the opportunity to visit museums, attend performances, and participate in cultural activities outside of their daily experiences. During summer months, children can learn about art, music, and dance at week-long Multicultural Arts Camps.

For more information and to find out how you can help, please visit: Free Arts NYC.