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Gallery Owners 'Curate for a Cause' in Bedford-Stuyvesant

 Molly Myer (left) and Jackie Cantwell host "Curating for a Cause," a program that benefits nonprofits through art.
Molly Myer (left) and Jackie Cantwell host "Curating for a Cause," a program that benefits nonprofits through art.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Two Bed-Stuy gallery owners hope they can make a difference the only way they know how: through art.

Curating for a Cause, hosted by Jackie Cantwell and Molly Myer of the Bishop at 916 Bedford Ave., is an art auction designed to help out nonprofit organizations. The next event, on Thursday, will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"Above all, Curating for a Cause strives to unite non-profit organizations, artists, and audiences through great causes and quality art," reads the event's description.

The idea for Curating for a Cause came from Cantwell, who created the program while living in Washington, D.C. In 2010, Cantwell was introduced to a small nonprofit in the District called Dreams For Kids, who needed to hold a fundraiser with a very limited budget, according to Georgetowner.com.

She worked on the fundraiser, and from there, created Curating for a Cause as a way to pump life into the average art event and make it affordable and accessible to everyone, whie also increasing awareness of the non-profit and giving artists new opportunities.

Tickets are on sale for Thursday's event. A $20 ticket will get you access to the exhibition, with hors d'ouvres, open bar and a raffle ticket, where you'll be eligible to win one of more than a dozen prizes, including a MAC makeup gift box and doughnuts from local Bed-Stuy cafe Dough.

A $45 ticket gets you three raffle tickets, an admission to one of the Bishop's classes and a private half-hour viewing of the work before the event.

Curating for a Cause at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Bishop art gallery, 916 Bedford Ave. To purchase tickets beforehand, email info@bishoponbedford.com, or call (703)888-7591. Tickets at the door cost an additional $5.