Next weekend, grassroots not-for-profit Buy Art Not People — of which I am a part — aims to empower the city with a call for mobilization against forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation through a two-day showcase of art, awareness and action.
In December 2010, we had our inaugural event in Noble Square. Canasta came out to play us some tunes, and 30-some pieces of art were auctioned off. Proceeds from the night benefited Not For Sale Campaign, a California-based organization that equips and mobilizes activists to re-abolish slavery.
This time around, the festivities have been stretched from one to two days — July 22 (7-9:30 p.m.) and July 23 (12-2 p.m.) — at Black Cloud Gallery (1909 S. Halsted) in Pilsen.
In lieu of an art auction, we’ll be hosting a fixed-priced, “who done it” art sale on Friday. Proceeds from the showcase, which will include music performances by Rachele Eve and Dan Price — both from alternative-folk band UMMA! — and remarks by the director of Salvation Army’s PROMISE (Partnership to Rescue our Minors from Sexual Exploitation) will go to Anne’s House, a long-term residential program for victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation operated by PROMISE.
Day two of BANP #002, also at Black Cloud and set for noon the following day, will feature an expert panel of human trafficking specialists covering all facets of forced labor and sexual exploitation — including how Chicago became a national leader in anti-trafficking policy through the dedicated work of collaborating organizations. Panelists include, but are not limited to, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Specialist Amy Alvarado and Chicago Police Department Detective Alan Krok, who’s been investigating CSEC-related cases for the past eight years and works regularly with the FBI.
BANP #002 has been something I’ve been working on steadily for the past four months or so. It includes a major musical element in Rachele Eve and Dan Price, so I felt it appropriate to discuss on site. You can learn more about BANP #002 by checking out our Facebook event page, or, of course, signing up for tickets! I’d love for y’all to come out in support of our cause and to listen to the sweet sounds of Rachele and Dan.
Before I go, here’s a video recap of December’s Buy Art Not People #001. It’s sweet lookin’!
- Download the Buy Art Not People #002 press release.