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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Art for Housing: Weekly Mutual Aid Fundraiser



WHAT: Art for Housing: Weekly Mutual Aid Fundraiser
TICKETS: https://go.rallyup.com/artforhousingraffle2 
WHEN: Mondays 9:00 AM - New art pieces go up on the website RallyUp  
              Saturdays 10:00 PM - Drawings take place
 
This Monday marks week 2 of the ongoing Art for Housing: Weekly Mutual Aid Fundraiser launched by Touch the Sky, formerly PV Housing Now, on September 21st. In partnership with LookyHere, Touch the Sky created the “Art for Housing” campaign to raise funds alongside the houseless community in the Pioneer Valley.

Over 30 local artists have donated art pieces in a variety of mediums for the raffle. Funds raised will go to providing for survival resources, micro loans and grants, needed items, daily meals, medical resources, mental health resources, access to housing or job market, cosigners, support in navigating government/nonprofit systems, food for community cookouts in Northampton, and more as needed.

“As a collective we believe there IS enough to go around in our community to ensure unhoused and housing insecure people can not only survive, but thrive,” says the group.

One piece of art will be raffled off online each week. New pieces will go up on the website RallyUp on Mondays at 9am, and drawings will take place on the following Saturday at 10pm.



This week’s prize: Sunset Over the Sea by Caterina Kenworthy 

“We hope to not only create a fun and sustainable means to get quick cash to those with the least access to it, but to broaden and strengthen the network of connections in the arts community, keep ourselves reminded of the beautiful strength and heart-value of self expression through art for all, and get art circulating into all spaces and homes at accessible prices as well,” says a member coordinating the effort.

For more information on the raffle, and to buy tickets to this week’s raffle, please visit https://go.rallyup.com/artforhousingraffle2

About the PV Housing Now Group:

The Housing, Incarceration and Immigration Sub-committee developed out of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in response to the COVID pandemic in March 2020. The original goal was to support direct, mutual aid efforts and legislative initiatives for undocumented people, immigrants, incarcerated people and unhoused people led by various leading organizations in Massachusetts. As we have grown, we have received more and more requests from our unhoused community in Western Massachusetts, who live at the crossroads of incarceration, immigration, poverty and houselessness. These crossroads amplify tenfold the barriers created by state-run institutions, systems and structures in which people live, find safety from violence, attain basic needs, eat, thrive, and rest. As requests have gained momentum, our group has developed, clarifying our focus to respond to mutual aid asks and long-term requests for housing, jobs, transportation, and systemic change in the region.

Visit our website at https://pvwchii.wordpress.com/ for more info about the group. You can get in touch with Touch the Sky by emailing at pvwchii@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter at @housing_pv and Instagram @pvhousingnow.





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