Seven Hollywood actors create artwork for one-of-a-kind auction to benefit MN organization in recognition of World Water Day
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, United States—March 2, 2016--herARTS in Action, a 501c3 nonprofit, is excited to announce it’s partnership with actor Kristoffer Polaha as their Celebrity Ambassador, Clean Water Advocate, and Champion of Action through the Arts. With a title like that it’s natural he enlisted help from his celebrity friends for World Water Day activities. Bidding on artwork created by Shiri Appleby, Christopher Backus, Austin Basis, Kristoffer Polaha, Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino and Rainn Wilson will be online for two hours only on March 22. Pictures of the paintings and auction links will be available the day before on herARTS in Action’s website and social media (www.herartsinaction.org).
When asked, Why herARTS in Action? Why water? Polaha replied, "I was on Twitter one day last year where herARTS in Action reached out to me and I was impressed with the heart of the organization. Sarah Drake's personal testimony and how simple the solution to the water problem in Africa is made herARTS in Action so compelling that it forced me to action. To me, the most compelling aspect of herARTS in Action is how it seeks to use the power of art to affect change in the world. As an artist, that's a huge idea.” Polaha came up with the idea for him and his friends to paint because Drake and herARTS in Action use artwork to educate about and fundraise for access to water and art and he said he could do that too.
Although Polaha joined the awareness and fundraising campaign last spring by autographing two auction items, Drake is excited about this year’s activity because “By doing this, Kris is modeling the values of the organization. I’m not only honored by this, but I’ve never heard of a celebrity fundraiser where the celebrities create artwork, which makes it very unique, so I’m ecstatic for the possibilities of what it can become.” This is a great way for fans to get something unique from the actors while contributing to a great cause.
On Monday, March 21st, the artwork will be revealed online. Tuesday, March 22nd, each one of a kind celebrity painting will be available for bidding for only 15 minutes!
7:00-7:15 Shiri Appleby
7:15-7:30 Christopher Backus
7:30-7:45 Austin Basis
7:45-8:00 Kristoffer Polaha
8:00-8:15 Mira Sorvino
8:15-8:30 Paul Sorvino
8:30-8:45 Rainn Wilson
In addition to the art auction, herARTS in Action is sponsoring other World Water Day activities in the St. Cloud area.
- Friday, March18, 5:00-9:00PM, a reception for the 10 artist exhibition at Falcon Bank during the art crawl.
- Monday, March 21, 4:30-6:00PM middle school spoken word competition at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School.
For more information, please contact Sarah Drake:
Social media: @herartsinaction
About herARTS in Action
herARTS in Action was founded after Sarah Drake’s 2011 visit to Tiebele, Burkina Faso and her hospital stay because of the poor sanitation conditions. Drake has worked in collaboration with the villagers and began the With a Drop water project after researching and finding no other organizations working, nor willing to, in the region. The organization achieved 501c3 nonprofit status in late 2014.
About Sarah Drake
Sarah Drake is the founder of herARTS in Action (non-profit) and Sarah Drake LLC (for-profit) where she is an artist, conducts teaching artist residencies, facilitates trainings, and coordinates projects and events. Drake has exhibited her artwork internationally in New York, Moscow, London, and Tokyo and has a piece in the permanent collection at the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum and Cultural Center in Moscow. Her artwork and projects have earned her multiple awards, including the CMAB/McKnight Foundation 2015 Emerging Artist and an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship. Sarah has a Master’s of Science degree in Social Responsibility and her undergraduate degree focused on Ethnic Studies and Geography, both from St. Cloud State University, and Design diploma from St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
About Kristoffer Polaha
Kristoffer Polaha is an American film and television actor best known for his roles as Jason Matthews in North Shore, Nathaniel “Baze” Bazile in Life Unexpected, and Henry Butler in Ringer. This spring you can see him guest as Caleb Brown on Castle. Polaha studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.