Art for Education

Online Auction | 1–16 June 2021

Christie’s is partnering with L.A.-based art and fashion retailer the Church Boutique and eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) to produce Art for Education, the inaugural celebrity art auction fundraiser to benefit the Chema Vision Center (Chema) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The online fundraiser will auction off MOT canvas tote bags painted by celebrities such as Madonna, Halle Berry, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Evan Ross, and Maggie Q alongside the design team at jewellery and clothing brand Chrome Heart, who will also create their own unique tote.

Chema is situated in the middle of Kibera, Africa’s largest urban slum, and was established to provide quality education for Kibera's most vulnerable children. The majority of students are orphans or children of single mothers without the income to pay for school fees.

All proceeds from the auction of the totes, produced at MOT’s eco-factory located in Nairobi, just minutes from Chema, will go toward the school’s operating budget with the goal of raising $100,000. Join the global pledge beginning 1 June when the sale goes live to place your bid.

To donate directly to The Chema Vision Center, click here for the GoFundMe account.

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Where fashion meets philanthropy: Art for Education

Learn more about the online-auction fundraiser that will support educational efforts in Africa’s largest urban slum

Sale information

Online via Charitybuzz, 1–16 June

20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

4–5 June, 10am–5pm
6 June, 1pm–5pm
7–8 June, 10am–5pm

Celine Cunha
+1 212 636 2061

Kristen Hill-Clemons
+1 212 636 2340

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