Sunday, August 22, 2010

Freedom Week Art Auction--Please donate!

The last week of September is Freedom Week, to bring attention to human trafficking, and we are organizing an art auction benefit. It's an under-reported cause, and one that I think deserves all the attention it can get. The benefit will be held on September 30, at Tele Design Studio, an event space in the Meatpacking District. It is sure to get press coverage, and will be the culmination of a week of events.

Please donate a work of art. The info on the project is below. If you are interested or have any questions about donation, please


Asya Geisberg, curator
Freedom Week Art Auction

We are pleased to invite you to participate in New York City’s second-annual Freedom Week, September 25-October 2, 2010. Freedom Week is a citywide campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking and contemporary slavery, which is now the third-largest criminal industry in the world. According to the U.S. State Dept., at least 12.3 million people are trafficked and enslaved around the world, and that number is growing fast. Human trafficking is expected to soon surpass drug trafficking in scope and profit because it is a shadow industry that works under the radar. Most people do not know that it exists, let alone that New York City is one of the major portals for trafficking within the USA; this includes U.S citizens, especially children.

Our goal is to open people's eyes to this horrific industry and inspire the public to take action. As such, we are hosting an art auction to both raise awareness and funds to fight trafficking. Proceeds from the auction will go to organizations dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and providing after-care to victims who have been rescued.

We would love to have you add your voice to those who are raising awareness by generously donating a piece of artwork to the auction. If you have any questions about Freedom Week, please feel free to contact me at Our website is below if you'd like to see a summary of last year's events, where we were able to feature such luminaries as Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nicholas Kristof from the NY Times and the U.S. State Department's Ambassador Lou de Baca.

We hope you will join us in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking.


Ann Lien
Director, Freedom Week

Freedom Week Art Auction: Submission Guidelines

I am pleased to be curating this year's art auction benefiting Freedom Week.

The auction will be held at the Tele Design event space on Thursday, September 30th, from 6 - 9. For information on Freedom Week, please read .


Works can be in any medium, framed or unframed, maximum 36" in any direction including frame, and must be able to be installed on the wall. If you have a framed work, please supply wire Sculptors may include a small shelf for display. We recommend a minimum bid below $1,000.

Please prepare a 150KB jpeg, and the following information for the checklist.

Please email AND include with your artwork:

Name, address, phone, email, and website of artist.

Title, year, medium, edition number if any.

Estimated Value, and Minimum Bid (we recommend one third to one half of the estimated value).

Selected artworks must be delivered on September 29 and 30, we cannot inconvenience our host with individual deliveries or storage of artwork. Selected artworks are donations and all proceeds from their sales support the work of several important organizations working on human trafficking, including History Starts Now. Included artists are welcome to attend the event for free. Tickets to the benefit are $25.

Drop-off: September 29 and 30, at location to be announced.

Pick-up of unsold artwork: September 30 and October 1.

Questions or concerns should be directed to

Thank you for your interest and support of Freedom Week.