Bidding on Our Future

Art90266 is back putting local art on the block and raising funds and awareness for arts education.

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How do you put a price on education? Like many of the great works of art hanging in galleries around the world, that value would be considered by many to be priceless. For LA25, the team behind the Art90266 auction, new funds collected for local education programs lie in the hands of the next bidder. In 2011, they raised more than $15,000 for the Manhattan Beach Roadhouse Aquarium, helping it fund facility improvements, summer camps and field trips for inner city youth eager to experience the wonders of our ocean. During that event, art lovers in the community bid on works from notable local artists and photographers like Brian Kingston, Rob Waxman and Lucian Capellaro to name a few. The evening was so successful, the group partnered again with Shade Hotel for another go, this time to benefit Redondo Beach Unified and send every second- and third-grader from eight elementary schools to the LACMA for the day. For many of the estimated 1,400 students who will take this tour, it will be their first visit to a museum. Artists added this year include Tm Gratkowski, Paul Sargent and Patrick John Killen. Southbay magazine is proud to be a media sponsor and looks forward to walls of outstanding local art up for grabs this year. See you October 25 at 6 p.m.