RUAS DE SÃO PAULO:
A BENEFIT ART AUCTION
Sponsored by Brazil Foundation
and Jonathan LeVine Gallery
530 W 21st Street, NYC
January 31, 2007
through January 31, 2007
RUAS DE SÃO PAULO: A BENEFIT ART AUCTION
Hosted by BrazilFoundation and Jonathan LeVine Gallery
JANUARY 31, 2007: 7pm -10pm
JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY REPRESENTED ARTISTS AND BRAZIL FOUNDATION RAISE FUNDS FOR BRAZILIAN STREET ARTISTS’ CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
NEW YORK (January, 2007) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery and BrazilFoundation will host Ruas de São Paulo: A Benefit Art Auction on January 31, 2007 from 7pm to 10pm at The Newspace, located at 530 West 21st Street in Chelsea. The benefit is organized to raise funds for eight Brazilian street artists from São Paulo and Choque Cultural Gallery representatives to participate in a multi-tiered cultural immersion in New York City. Artists will raise awareness of Brazilian art and culture through community outreach and educational events. Projects include a public mural project, live painting demonstration and art exhibition, and Brazilian-themed celebrations. Proceeds from the event will go to BrazilFoundation and to support travel and lodging for the group of visiting Brazilian artists.
The open-invite fundraiser will feature an open bar with beer and mixed drinks from Sambazon and Beleza Pura, music, a silent auction and an “equal opportunity” art raffle including prints, books and original pieces from Jonathan LeVine Gallery artists. Jonathan LeVine Gallery artists are donating works exclusively for this auction event to support this international arts community.
The Silent Auction can be previewed online Monday, January 29th at www.jonathanlevinegallery.com/fundraiser. Online bidders can place their maximum bids until January 31st at 4:00pm, at which time the online auction will close. Auction participants at the event will have until 10pm to place their final bids.
Admission is $30* (minimum donation) and includes a personalized "BrazilFoundation friend card." Besides contributing towards a better Brazil, cardholders will benefit from special rewards offered by the friends of BrazilFoundation campaign partners, including restaurants and business in New York City and others across the country. All door proceeds to benefit the BrazilFoundation.
Capacity for this event is limited and pre-registration online via credit card is strongly encouraged to guarantee admittance. Admission at the door is cash only and will be on a space-available basis. Pre-register via the Friend of Brazil link on: http://brazilfoundation.org.
Inspired by a trip to Brazil in April of 2006, Jonathan LeVine began orchestrating the project. This cultural exchange will provide opportunities for Brazilian mural painters to interact with other artists in the community,” commented Jonathan LeVine, “And for the public to learn more about Brazilian street art and culture.”
ABOUT RUAS DE SÃO PAULO: A SURVEY OF BRAZILIAN STREET ART
Ruas de São Paulo: A Survey of Brazilian Street Art, featuring artists Boleto, Fefe, Highraff, Kboco, Onesto, Speto, Titi Freak, and Zezão. This landmark exhibition will be on view February 17th through March 17, 2007 in a newly expanded gallery space, which will cover approximately 4500 square feet. An Opening Reception will be held on February 17th, 2007, from 6p.m. to 9p.m. at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
ABOUT BRAZIL FOUNDATION
Mission statement: generating resources for programs that promote social change in Brazil. BrazilFoundation mobilizes resources and talent to contribute to the improvement of social conditions in Brazil. We act as a bridge between the U.S. and Brazil -- capturing donations from individuals and socially responsible corporations in the U.S. and transferring them to social programs throughout Brazil. We are building a new philanthropic network that can transform the lives of impoverished children and adults in Brazil, while simultaneously inspiring new strategies to combat Brazilian social problems. BrazilFoundation's goal is to finance and support projects that act in five areas: education, public health, human rights, citizenship and culture.
From our offices in New York and Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFoundation accomplishes its mission through direct fundraising, educational events and project development. The foundation offers tax advantages to donors in the U.S. according to Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, which permits donations for charitable ends to be deducted from personal and corporate income taxes.
Mark Dean Veca