Brothers@Bard Partners with Artsy to Present “Higher Power—Brothers@: Benefit Auction 2021,” Online Bidding Open until December 10ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—As part of a new partnership, Artsy will launch Greenhouse Auction’s first social impact auction, “Higher Power—Brothers@: Benefit Auction 2021,” which opened on November 29 and will run until December 10 at 4pm ET. This online benefit auction supports Brothers@. Cofounded by Dariel Vasquez ’17 and Harry Johnson ’17, Brothers@ is a dual-beneficiary high-school retention and college persistence organization with the mission of improving the academic and social-emotional outcomes of young men of color in both secondary and post-secondary education. The nonprofit organization is designed to empower men of color to pursue their academic goals and enter the workforce, particularly in industries that have lagged in diversity.
“Brothers@ is excited to partner with Artsy on Higher Power, featuring some of this generation's most prominent artists of color. Together, we are providing a platform to showcase artists who are not traditionally recognized by the mainstream for their influence in the art world. Brothers@ is thrilled to be part of this cutting-edge endeavor,” said Vasquez.
Curated by rising star K.O. Nnamdie—recently featured in New York Observer’s “Arts Power/50” issue—the auction features works by 15 artists who have lent their support to Brothers@’s mission through their participation. By leveraging the collective platforms, this auction marks a unique opportunity for collectors and artists alike to support the next generation of men of color to enter, shape, and lead the future of the art world.
“Higher Power speaks to the many points of entry into my diasporic experience; a collective connection to ancestry. This selection of works features potent moments of resilience, uprise, and ultimately triumph,” says K.O. Nnamdie.
Bidding will be open exclusively on Artsy here and will close on Friday, December 10 at 4:00pm ET. To bid, visit the auction at: https://www.artsy.net/auction/higher-power-brothers-at-benefit-auction-2021.
Each work ships from New York City. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. Applicable sales tax will apply to works shipped to and within the US.
For more information or media inquiries, contact Artsy at email@example.com / 646-381-3901.
Since 2014, Brothers@ has grown from a student-led pilot program (Brothers@Bard) and institutional initiative, to a state-wide scalable model focused on expanding to college campuses and local communities across NY State and all 5-boroughs of NYC. The organization serves as a platform for hope, self-empowerment, and engagement—pressing needs among low-income and underrepresented students in secondary and higher education.
Today, Brothers@ works with nearly 200 young men of color annually—recruiting, training and hiring collegiate men of color to become mentors and positive male role-models to YMOC in high school through our weekly programming during the academic school year—ultimately providing access to meaningful opportunities, and creating pathways to full-time employment on college campuses, local communities, high schools, and youth serving nonprofits and organizations.
Through cross-sector collaborations and partnerships with public and private institutions, corporations and nonprofits, Brothers@ is a blueprint for addressing the ever-growing opportunity gaps YMOC face, and challenging historically exclusive and predominately white institutions to become inclusive spaces for young people. brothersat.org
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