Renowned International Artists Partner with Local Students to Host Art For Change, Benefiting Haitian Earthquake Relief

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Proceeds Benefit Haitian Victims and Future Multimedia Arts Programs at Ella Baker School

Ella Baker School (PS 225 Manhattan) faculty and staff are honored to announce the Art For Change auction to benefit Haitian disaster relief efforts as well as the school’s multimedia arts programs, which have been drastically impacted by recent budget cuts. The family-friendly event, held April 16 at the Maxine Green Gallery, located in the Julia Richmond Educational Complex, will feature an eclectic variety of artwork offering art lovers and collectors the rare opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind pieces while contributing to a global and community-based cause.

Art For Change will welcome more than 20 artists whose work ranges from sculpture and photography to graffiti and projection art. Student art will be shown alongside pieces from world-renowned professionals. Driven by the sincere interest of Ella Baker School students who asked teachers how they could help the families of Haiti, the two-night event will encourage the local community to continue supporting the relief efforts for earthquake victims while also bringing attention to the crisis facing the creative arts programs Ella Baker School students enjoy today. Seventy percent of the final proceeds will be sent directly to Partners in Health ( ) and the remaining 30 percent will support creative arts education for Ella Baker School students.

Art fans are encouraged to review the groundbreaking work of the following five featured artists while enjoying a variety of refreshments and festivities, including musical performances by Ella Baker students:

  •     Gina Garan—Successful photographer of the world famous fashion doll, “Blythe”, publisher of This is Blythe, Blythe Style and Blythe on Beauty; and profiled in countless publications, including The New York Times, Women's Wear Daily, and People
  •     Michael Albert—Famous for his “pop cubist” portraits of iconic American brands, his first book, An Artist’s America (Henry Holt & Co), a retrospective of his work, was published In April 2008
  •     Maggie Hernandez—An abstract artist, and native of Washington Heights, with a passion for strong colors and movement, her work has been collected around the globe
  •     TATS CRU—Known and respected the world over as “The Mural Kings”, TATS CRU has spearheaded the battle to change people’s perception of graffiti to a respected and in-demand art form
  •     Tara Boirard—A master of pastels and acrylic paint, the daughter of acclaimed Haitian artist Carl Boirard has seen her work on display in New York, Miami and Port Au Prince


  •     Art for Change auction to benefit Haiti earthquake relief & multimedia arts programs at Ella Baker School
  •     Friday April 16, 2010 - 5:30 pm – 8 pm (press preview at 5pm)
  •     Maxine Green Gallery at the Julia Richmond Educational Complex
  •     317 E 67th St (between 1st & 2nd Avenues), New York, 10065
  •     No reservation needed. Suggested donation at the door, $5 - $20

To speak with an Ella Baker School representative or a featured artist about Art For Change, please contact show curators Ilan Cole Weissman (212.717.8809) or Carolina Diaz .

About the Ella Baker School
The Ella Baker School (PS 225, Manhattan) is a non-zoned, Pre-K - 8th grade public school serving a diverse population of more than 350 students from all boroughs. The school, founded in 1996 by former teachers and administration from Central Park East Elementary School, is committed to a child centered, experiential/project based curriculum that engages children in thoughtful and purposeful inquiry. There is a strong emphasis on the arts, language and trips as well as collaborations with universities and colleges in New York. The Ella Baker School has an active ongoing relationship with Sarah Lawrence College. Teachers engage in weekly professional development that continues to support planning and supporting each child. EBS has been featured in the book New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools (Laura Zingmond).

About Partners in Health (PIH):
PIH works in 12 countries around the world to provide quality health care to people and communities devastated by joint burdens of poverty and disease. PIH has been providing vital health care services in Haiti for more than 20 years and is the largest health care provider in the country, working with the Haitian Ministry of Health to deliver comprehensive health care services to a catchment area of 1.2 million across the Central Plateau and the Lower Artibonite Valley.


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