An upcoming virtual art show featuring work from students and professionals will seek to alleviate homelessness in Chapel Hill.
The show, hosted by Art for Humanity UNC, will take place on April 20 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, prints and more will be available to purchase on the Orange County Habitat for Humanity website, with prices ranging from $10 to $400.
Art for Humanity, previously known as Mixed Concrete, usually holds an in-person silent auction every year to fundraise for Orange County Habitat for Humanity. This year, the organization has pivoted to an online art sale due to the pandemic.
Junior Claire Hyde, one of the heads of Art for Humanity, said the mission of the sale is to use art to benefit the community and spur change.
“It not only raises awareness for the homelessness problem in Chapel Hill, but it also kind of showcases artists in the area that people normally wouldn’t have known about, and it’s a great way for student artists to get their name out there,” Hyde said.
Art for Humanity members also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity throughout the year, but their primary goal is fundraising through the art show. Collecting the art typically takes up the entire year.
Senior Warner Lamar, the other head of Art for Humanity, said the organization focuses on featuring local artists. He said that in the past, the group has raised up to $8,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s about providing a platform for local artists and having an event that’s focused on art in the Chapel Hill community,” Lamar said. “Obviously, that’s a little more difficult to do this year when it’s not a production and an event.”
Some of the professional artists may take a percentage of the sale, but many waive that option so most of the money goes directly to Habitat for Humanity.