Last year I took my first foray into fundraising with a Facebook Birthday Wish, raising $650 thanks to generous support from my colleagues, friends and family. This year I have the goal of raising $900 for an organization I have been a fan of for a long time - Visual Aid.
Visual Aid encourages artists with life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer to continue their creative work. This small organization does big things including providing opportunities for artists to connect with their community, providing art supplies, career resources and educational outreach.
As many of my readers know, in my travels I usually try to fit in a visit to an art museum, be it the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh or the National Portrait Gallery in London (pictured) among many.
As an art lover and an amateur photographer I know the power art can have to nurture both the soul of the artist as well as our own.
The founder of Visual Aid and photographs from their current exhibition are featured in the new documentary "We We Here: Stories from the AIDS Years in San Francisco".
Thank you in advance for helping continue the creative work of those who might otherwise be silenced by illness.