FAM'S RAISES $33,000 IN BENEFIT AUCTION FOR WOMEN'S REFUGEE COMMISSION, AIDING IN LONG-TERM TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF January 17 2014
(January 17, 2014 -- New York City) -- A benefit art auction organized by FAM (Filipino American Museum) and hosted on Paddle8, which concluded on Saturday evening, January 11, made $33,000. A major portion of the money raised will be directed to Women's Refugee Commission and to it's work for Typhoon Haiyan relief.
"With this donation from FAM, the Women’s Refugee Commission will focus on restoring livelihoods in a heavily damaged area of Samar," said Ann Young Lee,
Senior Program Officer, Livelihoods in Emergencies at Women's Refugee Commission. "These activities will be centered on artisans, whose production of woven and embroidered goods is purchased by a small company. Assistance to resume production would support the livelihood of the most affected families, help the local economy rebound and reduce the vulnerabilities and risks of trafficking, sexual violence and exploitation of hundreds of women and young girls."
The benefit auction featured works by contemporary artists, including Ei Arakawa, Keltie Ferris, Carissa Rodriguez, TM Davy, Leanne Shapton, Josh Kline, Ajay Kurian, Anicka Yi, among others.
To date, FAM has raised over $44,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief.
FAM (Filipino American Museum) is the first museum focused on examining the connection between contemporary Filipino American arts and the roots and traditions of the Philippine diaspora. A startup committed to presenting cultural programs in stimulating and unprecedented ways, FAM is dedicated to seeking out what it is to be Filipino in America. In the spirit of a diverse people, FAM’s roving programs serve as a fluid, user-generated, inquiry-based space. An untold American story, FAM presents its findings through live performances, exhibits, installations, community forums, online content and otherwise.