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Persad Art For Change 2023

Persad Center is excited to invite and welcome our artist community to join us at our 36th annual benefit Art for Change to be held on Friday, September 22 at Stage AE on the North Shore.


This event could not happen without our generous friends and supporters of Persad who lend their time and talent to donate a piece of art. All proceeds from the art sale supports the mental health services for our LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-affected communities throughout the region.

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Tickets are $375 for the VIP experience and include early admission to the event from 5:30-6:30 PM so that you can be the first to peruse the outstanding artwork for sale, valet parking, and evening of entertainment, an outstanding array of food, and cocktails throughout the evening.  General admission tickets are $150 and include entrance at 6:30 PM, valet parking, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar.  Dress code is colorful and informal.

New for 2023, Art for Change boasts expanded galleries curated by well-known local and national artists, including Anita Henley Carrington, Madeline Gent (Associated Artists of Pittsburgh), Steve Mendelson (Mendelson Gallery), Adam Milliron, Ellen Chisdes Neuberg (Gallerie CHIZ), Stacy Weiss (Weisshouse), Monmade, and Radiant Hall. There will also be a memorial gallery with works of art from the Estate of Wendi Miller, curated by her son, Cooper Miller. Wendi was an extraordinary and brave trans woman who owned Miller Framing in East Liberty. She was a former Persad board member and long-time supporter of the mission.  There will be an additional 50-75 pieces submitted from the generous, loyal art community that will be juried into the main gallery section of the show. The Live Auction, a highlight of the event, will include 8-12 pieces of artwork from artists including Baron Batch, Burton Morris, Michael Lotenaro, Steve Mendelson, Ellen Chisdes Neuberg, Tavi, Mia Tarducci, Mark Zets, and the Herb Ritts Foundation.


For the 2nd year, Persad is pleased to continue its Give Back program which gives each artist the opportunity to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their work.


Thank you for your time and talent.  We look forward to having you join us this year to support the important mission of Persad Center!

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Art for Change is Persad Center’s signature fundraiser event and raises funds to support the vital mental health services that Persad provides for the region’s LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities.

For 35 years, Art for Change has been Persad Center’s signature fundraising event.


This year, the 36th annual Art for Change will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023 at Stage AE on the North Shore, and we need YOUR help to make it perfect!

We are looking for supporters of our mission to volunteer for pre-event set up as well as day of event set-up and tear down to keep the event running smoothly. This volunteer work is vital to the success of the event and all volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and will be granted complimentary access to the event after their shift ends.


When: Friday, September 22, 2023

Where: Stage AE in the North Shore

​If you’re interested in volunteering, please be in touch!


Christine Bryan

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