Marsha P. Johnson, 2015
Water Color / Digital Print
COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS ART AUCTION 17
A Live & Silent Auction to benefit the work of the Coalition on Homelessness
Thursday, September 14, 2017
SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA
Dear Artist and Advocate,
On behalf of the Coalition on Homelessness I would like to invite you to participate in ArtAuction17: Transforming Art Into Action, Resisting Homelessness for 30 Years. This live and silent auction will take place Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. We are reaching out to you because you have donated work in the past or you were recommended to us through our community contacts.
For seventeen years, artists and advocates like you who are living and working at the intersection of art and social justice have been a pivotal source of support in keeping our grassroots nonprofit thriving. Funds raised at this event make possible the many victories we have obtained over the years.
By contributing, artists have aided in The Coalition’s mission to create permanent solutions to poverty and homelessness while protecting the civil rights of those forced to remain on the streets. This year, the Coalition’s organizing and advocacy work will focus on building political power within homeless encampments, decriminalizing homelessness, and fighting for housing subsidies through the city budget process. Auction proceeds also fund the printing of the Street Sheet, our street newspaper, giving voice to San Francisco’s impoverished people for decades.
We know artists are often underpaid, and their work undervalued. The Coalition wants to recognize the labor of working artists by offering a small 25% commission from the sale. For artists who have the capacity to support our work more fully, you can donate the sale of your piece in its entirety. This is also an excellent opportunity for artists to garner exposure for their work with over 300 attendees and a media campaign reaching thousands across the country.
We accept all 2D and 3D media as well as craftwork and art books. Please read the enclosed Artist Contract for more information on drop-off times and artist commissions. All art must be ready to hang. The drop-off deadline is Friday, August 11th. If you have any questions regarding the auction or the work of the Coalition, please call us at 415.346.3740 x303 or email [email protected].
As an additional thank you, all art donors will receive free admission to ArtAuction17, including food and drink. Come join us for live music, exciting raffle prizes, and the work of over 150 artists. Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law. The Coalition on Homelessness is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your art can make a difference in the lives of San Francisco’s homeless people. Funds raised by the auction account for a substantial portion of our annual budget. We depend on the support of artists like you to make it possible! Thank you for considering supporting us this year.
Jill Ariela Putterman
Art Auction Coordinator 2017
Coalition on Homelessness