Artists for DIFFA: A Charity Auction Where Unity Meets Creativity
Organization Announces Virtual Charity Auction Hosted by Award-Winning Creator Marco Santini
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), a dedicated supporter of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, and a celebrated community of artists are coming together and harnessing their combined creative energy to introduce Artists for DIFFA. After the incredible success of DIFFA’s Fall auction, Artists for DIFFA aims to raise much needed funds for DIFFA, its grantees who support communities impacted by HIV and AIDS across the country, and creative communities through an online gallery of artwork donated by talented artists. Just in time for the holiday season, the auction will take place from November 19 through November 29, featuring an assortment of one-of-a-kind murals, photographs, paintings, collages and more, and creating a special opportunity to shop with purpose this year.
Award-winning NYC-based artist, fashion designer, photographer, and inventor Marco Santini will host Artists for DIFFA in an effort to raise awareness of the increased challenges facing the HIV/AIDS and creative communities during the ongoing public health crisis. Santini’s work has been featured at the United Nations, Art Basel, Bloomingdale’s, Burning Man, SXSW, Hudson Yards, Brooklyn Beer Garden, Shore Club Miami, SLS Miami, Underhill Walls, Montreal’s Mural Festival and more. His iconic One Love logo features the word love in 80+ languages hidden within a geometric motif, meant to signify unity in diversity, an ethos DIFFA also proudly embraces and will promote through this auction. All funds raised by Artists for DIFFA will help to address the most pressing needs faced by both the HIV/AIDs community and New York’s community of artists and creatives, closing the gap left by insufficient and declining government funding.
Visitors to the Artists for DIFFA auction site will find impressive works from Sebastian Vallejo, Bonnie Edelman Photography and Maya Romanoff, Marina Reiter, Stephanie Pfriender Stylander, Joel Douek, CR. LAUL, MarcusGlitteriS, Savior Elmundo, LOVEMKM by: Mary Kathryn Medlock, Maya Romanoff, Paolo Tolentino, Daphne Anastassiou, Greg Gregor, Diana Daniels, Lisa Collins with many more artworks to come. Other artists interested in participating are encouraged to visit the auction site and fill out the donation form here.
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs, and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS, as well as related challenges, including drug abuse and homelessness, which directly impact new HIV/AIDS infections. DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots organization into a national foundation based in New York City with chapters and community partners across the country that working together have provided more than $45 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. Recent recipients of DIFFA grants include: Alpha Workshops, Gay Mens Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, Correctional Association of NY, SAGE, BOOM! Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among many others. www.diffa.org.