Thursday, June 7, 2012

2012 Philadelphia Center "Auction Against AIDS"

Would you like to donate artwork to the Philadelphia Center's "Auction Against AIDS" this year?

Please read the information below for instructions. 

I am the contact person for artists.  You can reach me at:

The date for the annual Philadelphia Center Auction Against AIDS is Friday, August 3, 2012, at the Riverdome in the Horseshoe Casino.  As always, we are hoping art will play a prominent part in the evening.   We are excited to be moving to the Riverdome where we will have more room, and ample seating and tables for our guests.
The theme of the auction this year is ¡Viva la Vida!  It will be a celebration of Latin life, art and culture.  It promises to be an inspired night of color, food, music, dance and fun!

Recently, I was part of a discussion about the history of the Philadelphia Center Auction.  Did you know that originally it was an auction for art? 

We have been through many changes and additions, but this year we want to honor the artists who have been so generous throughout the years.  As a result, we have made some changes in response to feedback from the arts community and are organizing the art donations differently.

First, we are adding a jury process for the art portion of the auction.  Artists will bring their work to the Philadelphia Center, with a suggested value attached.  The jury will accept qualifying work, and determine the list value and minimum bid based on the artist's suggestion.  By utilizing a jury, we hope to streamline art donations and systematize minimum bid prices. 

As always, we will post the artwork on our website ( and encourage artists to give us business cards to place with their art on the night of the auction.

In the past, we have offered 2 tickets for donated art.  This year we will offer two free tickets for artwork with an estimated value of at least $100.   

We are also offering the option of  returning artwork to the artist if bids fall below the minimum bid.  The artist can decide to have the art returned, or donate it to the center for another event. 

The sale price and the name of the buyer of artwork will be supplied to each artist no later than  two weeks after the auction.

The deadline for delivering your artwork to the Philadelphia Center is 5PM on July 31, 2012!

We are planning an entertaining evening for our supporters to thank them and ask for their continued assistance in furthering the Philadelphia Center’s mission. 

Louisiana currently has the second highest HIV infection rate per capita in the United States.  In addition, the state no longer allocates funding for prevention;  all available financial support is "pass-through" federal funding.  The Philadelphia Center’s prevention services have been hit hard by the loss of these state funds.  This makes this year’s auction even more important - we must bring in enough donations to cover our costs independently.

The Louisiana Artist Community has been a generous supporter of the Annual Auction Against AIDS for over 20 years.  We thank you so much for your past participation, and hope to see you (and your art) at the auction this year. 

If you have any questions about donating art, please contact me at I am excited to announce that I am joining the auction committee to oversee the arts acquisitions this year.
¡Viva la Vida!

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