Auction: June 17 – 25, 2021
An art auction and virtual event that will uplift the connections between breast cancer, health, and other social justice issues.
This fundraiser will reflect our core values. BCAction works to achieve health justice for everyone at risk of and living with breast cancer. We view breast cancer through a social justice lens with the understanding that, in order to address and end this disease, we must tackle the root causes of health inequities. These inequities arise from the complex interplay of culture, power, economics, racism, and sexism and result in unacceptable rates of breast cancer incidence, mortality, and survival and have disproportionate impacts on Black and brown folks. Drawing the Connections seeks to uplift BCAction’s work to address this though art.
At our opening night virtual gala and fundraiser on June 17, we will highlight a few of the participating artists whose art submissions best connect with BCAction’s work to achieve health justice for all people at risk of and living with breast cancer. You will also get to hear from our Executive Director, Dr. Krystal Redman, other BCAction staff, and three featured speakers.
We will also feature one-of-a-kind 8×10 prints, one by nationally-known artist Favianna Rodriguez, as well as a piece designed specifically for BCAction by Lauren Friedlander. Sponsors and VIP ticket holders will receive their choice of one of these prints with their sponsorship package. Additional prints will be available to the general public for $100 during the auction.
Thank you to the over 30 artists who have donated pieces of art for our week-long auction. BCAction is offering each artist a stipend of 30% of the proceeds generated for each piece, and some artists have even offered to donate that back to the organization.
In addition to pieces donated to the auction, the following artists have generously donated or commissioned 8×10 prints specifically for Drawing the Connections.
Favianna Rodriguez (Print Artist and Featured Speaker)
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Her practice boldly reshapes the myths, stories, and cultural practices of the present, while healing from the wounds of the past. Favianna’s projects include Ben & Jerry’s Pecan Resist, two large scale public art commissions with the City of San Francisco, a partnership with Joey Soloway to create 5050by2020.com, and an upcoming storytelling initiative at the US Mexico border. Her work serves as a record of her human experiences as a woman of color embracing joy, sexual pleasure and personal transformation through psychedelics as an antidote to the life-long impacts of systemic racism. Her signature mark-making embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Latinx roots who grew up in Oakland, California during the birth of hip hop and the crack cocaine epidemic.
In addition to her expansive studio practice, she is the co-founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization igniting change at the intersection of art, culture and social justice. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and accolades for her work. An artist entrepreneur, she has co-founded various institutions, including the EastSide Arts Alliance, a cultural center and affordable housing complex in Oakland, CA, and Presente.org, the largest Latino online organizing community in the US. She is currently working on a short form, web-based series about sex and consent. Prints of Favianna’s powerful piece, “Survivor Justice II,” will be available for purchase during the auction. She will also be sharing her perspectives on art and social justice and the event via pre-recorded video.
Lauren Friedlander is an award-winning writer and graphic designer from Kansas based in Brooklyn. She was a recipient of the 2018 Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, and has fiction published or forthcoming in the Best Microfiction 2021 anthology, Catapult, The Rumpus, Washington Square Review, Slice, Okay Donkey, and Shooter. She is currently at work on a novel. Lauren created a piece specifically for Drawing the Connections, prints of which will be available for purchase during the auction.
In addition to Favianna Rodriguez, listed above, our two other featured speakers will be:
Gaye Hyre is an 11 year survivor of triple negative breast cancer. She is one of the last patients to have to suffer the terror and indignity of losing their health insurance coverage after her diagnosis, just before the ACA took effect. Once she finished a year of rigorous treatment, she founded ArtBra New Haven, a 501c3 charity, which brings together patients, survivors, and their supporters with listed regional artists, in a very unusual form of art therapy, creating works that express the person’s feelings about their experience of breast cancer. The pieces are then auctioned at a live runway show, the proceeds dedicated to paying for treatment for under and uninsured patients in the Greater New Haven area.
Edith Borax Morrison, who’s art is featured in Drawing the Connections, was Gaye’s very dear “courtesy Aunt”, and the inspiration for the founding of ArtBra New Haven. Edith was diagnosed with her first recurrence of cancer 11 years ago, and called Gaye in tears, not sure what to do. Gaye said she would help her all she could. Then 2 weeks later, Gaye was diagnosed. Going through their treatments together was a bonding experience like nothing else imaginable. Gaye would call Edith to check on her, and ask if she was in pain. Edith replied, “when I’m in pain, I add a T – I paint.” Gaye knew she had to get that incredible statement out there, so she started ArtBra.
Christy Chan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland and working primarily in video, installation, performance and oral storytelling. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kala Art Institute, Southern Exposure, Root Division, SOMarts, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and in storytelling venues such as NPR. She has been awarded residencies and support from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, Project 387, Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts and Real Time and Space in Oakland. Chan holds an M.A. in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is working on the multimedia storytelling and film project Pen Pals which has been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgement and The New York Times and tells the story of Shelly, an 8-year-old girl who writes idealistic letters to the Ku Klux Klan after the Klan targets her family. Based on real-life events, Pen Pals draws on Chan’s experience growing up in a Southern town with a white nativism movement, an experience that continues to inform her ongoing explorations of race, power, and what it means to be an American.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Karen Klein and Ben Golvin
Benjamin and Katie Horne