Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Indiana Youth Group Art Auction

Indiana Youth Group 
Art Auction

Saturday, March 12th
VIP Hour: 7-8 p.m. 
General Public: 8-10 p.m. 

Wheeler Art Center
Fountain Square at 1035 Sanders Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204


The Indiana Youth Group (IYG) will host the annual Art Auction at Wheeler Arts Community Center on March 12, 2011 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. This year’s event is themed “Inspire Me”. Both professional and amateur art as well as various gifts will be awarded in live and silent auctions. Honorary Co-Chairpersons, reigning Miss New York and renowned photographer, Indiana native, Claire Buffie and the honorary David Orentlicher, former state representative and professor of Law and Medicine at IU.

The VIP social hour will start at 7:00 PM and features complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuveres. Additional VIP surprises will be announced throughout the evening. The Art Auction will start at 8:00 PM and run through 10:00 PM. A cash bar and hors d'oeuveres will be available.

I have donated three pieces to the art auction - two dance photos from my Ball State University Honors Thesis project create.capture.captivate and a digital imaging piece of abstract art.


One I want to specifically highlight is entitled "If." My dad, Bill Buffie, has written the most amazing piece, "If for Marriage Equality" and it will be revealed for the first time to the public at the Indiana Youth Group Art Auction.  It is a thought-provoking and emotional challenge and great recognition of the power of the people who yearn for and continue to fight for marriage equality in this nation.

About Indiana Youth Group
Since 1987, the Indiana Youth Group has been a positive force impacting thousands of LGBT youth.  IYG serves young people from ages 12 to 21 who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning and their allied friends.

For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth, the normal stress of adolescence can be heightened by the pressures that often accompany the internal awareness of being different. Social stigma, rejection, and bullying are often experienced by LGBT youth. It is no surprise that compared to their heterosexual peers, LGBT youth tend to experience a higher incidence of isolation, depression, suicide, and homelessness.

IYGs activity center offers a supportive environment that allows the youth to build self-confidence, explore individualism, and develop friendships within a community that values fairness, acceptance, respect for diversity, and equality.

1 comment:

  1. "If" is beautiful. My kids spent a lot of their teen years at IYG and trying to get a gay straight alliance in place at their school. But I moved away in 05. Now living in a very small, rural area. These kids don't have any where to turn. They can't even feel comfortable with friends. Oh, how I wish everyone could feel safe and loved for who they are inside.