Charity auction addresses two community needs in Houston

Houston Public Media, November 5, 2016                                                                    
Art on the Avenue raises money for affordable housing and supports local artists through its annual auction in the heart of Houston’s First Ward

Every year, more than 250 local artists donate a couple of pieces for the Art on the Avenue auction. The event, now in its 20th year, raises money to help create affordable housing in Houston.

But the artists benefit, too.

I’ve sold something every year,” says Marlo Saucedo, who’s taken part in the show for 10 years. “Most of the time, I’ve sold both pieces.”

The auction is hosted by the Avenue Community Development Corporation and differs from some of the other typical art auctions out there.

“We also share proceeds with the artists so we’re not really trying to just tap the artist for a full donation like a lot of other benefits do,” says Curator Tami Merrick.

They’re expecting to raise more than $250,000 during this year’s event. And the effort to create affordable homes and apartments isn’t just for families. Avenue has helped develop the Elder Street Artist Lofts just west of downtown.  

That’s giving artists in the community an affordable place to live and work,” says the organization’s Executive Director Mary Lawler. “So, it’s really helping to contribute to this overall arts district that the Washington Avenue area has become.”

The Art on the Avenue charity auction is Saturday night at Winter Street Studios in Houston’s First Ward.

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