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STAND UP! An Original Art Auction for a Good Cause

Pen & Ink Brigade is holding an original art auction to support women in politics.

Who wouldn’t want some original art by children’s literature illustrators Carin Berger, LeUyen Pham, Nina Crews, Lisa Brown, Sara Varon, Carson Ellis, Joo Hee Yoon, Deb Pilutti, Giselle Potter, or Jessie Hartland?

Head here to view details about the auction and bid.

Bidding ends August 28th @ 7:00pm PT

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Are you ready to STAND UP? You need to know about this phenomenal online art auction that begins Friday, Agust 21, and ends Friday, August 28, 2020! "The @penandinkbrigade is a group of artists/activists, all women, many of whom are award-winning picture book creators. We have joined forces to use our work to create progressive change. … Our plan had been to do a GREEN NEW DEAL project before the critical November presidential election. But the pandemic hit and the world turned upside down. We were not sure if we had the bandwidth to generate a new project. Given the array of pressing issues that we, as a country, and as a world, are facing right now, with the global pandemic, economic hardship, Black Lives Matter, civil rights, as well as climate change, focusing exclusively on the Green New Deal felt wrong. The beauty of this particular moment is the way that people are joining forces and standing up. That is inspiring, empowering, and hopeful. People were getting into “Good Trouble” as John Lewis famously put it. It became clear what the next project needed to be about. STANDING UP. The complexity of the moment also informed how we structured the show. We deliberately came up with a concept that allowed flexibility, in which each artist could create a piece with which they actively took a stand for a cause that they cared about. STAND UP! is an online auction of original artwork. 100 artists have each contributed a piece on the theme, STAND UP. Contributing artists include Caldecott honorees, New Yorker cartoonists, renowned illustrators, and picture book artists. We have two featured artists which we are especially honored to include: @faithringgold and @greenfield_lauren. 100% of the proceeds go directly to @emilys_list, to help get diverse, progressive, pro-choice, Democratic women elected all down the ticket. The auction will be held August 21st-28th and is accessible via https://www.penandinkbrigade.com/standup (link in bio)." Two of the organizers of the STAND UP! project, Kristen Balouch and @carinbergerdesign, are on our site to talk a bit about this moment, picture books, and their work on the STAND UP! project. You can find the link in our bio.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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