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BUY ART, NOT VICES is a panel discussion and silent art auction that aims to be a celebration of black history and culture, as well as an opportunity to have a real discussion with industry influencers about the importance and value of buying art as opposed to materialistic vices.
The artwork will depict black history across various time periods through the eyes of local artists. Each artist will select an era in black history (ranging from ancient Africa, to slavery, reconstruction, the great migration, civil rights movement, the Motown era, 90s hip hop, the first black president, the future, etc.) and create with that era in mind. The work will be exhibited at NYCH gallery through March 1st and will be sold via silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the gray matter experience, a local nonprofit organization exposing black youth to entrepreneurship and providing access to tools and resources to help them build businesses that impact their communities.
The event will include a panel discussion featuring local artists, curators and gallery owners regarding the importance of buying art and supporting artists in the community, followed by a cocktail reception and lite bites.