Local/Regional News
1:38 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Charity Auction to be Held at ArtsPlace this Saturday

LEXINGTON,KY--Combating poverty will be the focus of a charity auction this weekend in Lexington. 

The event, known as Artists Stand Against Poverty, will feature works from over 50 different painters and sculptors around the commonwealth.  Spokesman Cameron Minter of the Community Action Council, which is administering the auction, says the group wanted to zero in on a troubling local statistic.

“We’re trying to really home in the point about the poverty rate.  19 of every 100 people in Fayette County is living in poverty.  Those numbers are really large and we really need to do more.” 

This is reflected in details such as the ticket price ($19 in advance) and the time of the auction (6:19 PM).  Minter says the proceeds from ASAP will go toward supporting local programs such as childcare and housing assistance, as well as supporting the artists themselves. 

“A lot of times artists are asked to give and donate, and they are the very population that we serve.  We thought it appropriate to split the funds 50/50," Minter said." 

The CAC last held this kind of auction in 2011, and Minter says that participation is only growing.  He adds that this year's event will include a live performance from the Tim Talbert Project as well as other "surprises."  

ASAP will take place on Saturday, May 11th in the ArtsPlace building on 161 North Mill Street.   Additional information, as well as a gallery of art up for sale, is available at ASAP's website.