Rebel with a Cause: Art Fundraiser for Boston-based Organizations

Art to Action, an art sale held in Boston on 12th February was organized to raise money for Greater Boston Legal Services and Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center.

Over 50 artists donated their works to generate money for organizations that work to secure stable futures for immigrants and refugees and provide legal services for lower income groups.

Tickets to performance arts venues including the Wilbur Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Nick's Comedy Stop, The Comedy Scene in Foxboro, Laugh Boston, Israeli Stage and other places were also available in sweepstakes.

Art for donations

Held at Brilliance Tattoo on Commonwealth Avenue, the event was organized by Amanda Abbott and Leonie Little-Lex.

Despite being a dreary, rainy and cold Sunday, people showed up to do their little bit for what they believed in.

A selection of cheeses, fruits, crackers and yes, donuts were on offer for patrons.

Some of the artwork on display.

A variety of styles and forms appealing to most palates were available for purchase.
A short graphic story to skim through during a workday lunch.
A sample of postcards on sale.
Juxtaposed in this manner, the numerous art prints create an attractive array of colors.
More art prints that were up for grabs.
Framed art and cards.

Carolina Mattson, a volunteer with Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) was present at the event. Later, she said that the Art to Action fundraiser was very successful in raising money for RIAC at a time when it was feeling the pinch.

Even though the immigration ban was quickly suspended, RIAC noticed a difference in the short span of time the ban was in place. Mattson said, “A refugee family that was supposed to arrive 2-3 days after the ban and they did not arrive.” Numbers went back up once the ban was lifted.

While the ban may have been dealt with for the time being, funding may still remain a problem for organizations like RIAC in the future. Fundraisers like Art to Action can alleviate the pressure from time to time.

However, these fundraisers can also never be another avenue in lieu of or support regular state aided funding.
This piece made by one of the organizers Leonie Little-Lex was an attention grabber with its bright hues.

Besides raising money, events like these remind people that others who care for the same cause can come together and actually do something about it. From the people who thought up the idea, to artists who contributed their works and those who turned up to buy them, Art to Action helped foster feelings of community and hope on an otherwise gray day.

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