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'Art for Change' Fair Promotes Social Justice

By Casey Cora | December 9, 2013 8:00am
 The proceeds from an upcoming art sale will help a group fund community organizing efforts.
'Art for Change' Fair Promotes Social Justice
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BRIDGEPORT — A social justice group is hosting an arts and crafts sale, with the proceeds helping to fund community organizing programs across the city.

The “Art for Change” event, a program of the Crossroads Fund, takes place noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.

Organizers of the sale say you’ll be able to find a little bit of everything for the lover of handmade, artisan items.

“Whether you’re interested in clothes or jewelry or art or pottery or children’s toys or whatever you’re interested in, we have really amazing artists and artisans,” Crossroads Fund spokeswoman Rachel Wallis said.

Based in Logan Square, the Crossroads Fund helps supports community organizations working on all sorts of issues centering on racial, social and economic justice. 

In 2013, it gave out more than $325,000 to 76 different organizations, including the education advocacy group Raise Your Hand and the Public Health Organization, a coalition of grassroots health-care focused groups. The group also helped fund groups fighting for a trauma care facility on the South Side and for fast food workers seeking higher wages.

A complete list of 2013 grant recipients is available here.

Each of the participating artists at Saturday’s sale paid a vending fee to be there, and all of that money is headed to Crossroads. Some of the artists will also donate a portion of their proceeds to the group, while others are donating artwork for a silent auction scheduled for spring.

Also included in Saturday’s sale will be a raffle with prizes including a gift card from the Nina knitting store in Ukrainian Village, a gift package from Intelligentsia Coffee and an introduction to embroidery kit.

It’s the group’s second “Art for Change” event. Last year’s installment raised more than $2,000 and “this year we’re hoping to do even better,” Wallis said.