Stoked Mentoring Auction In NYC

Second Annual Live Art Auction
to Benefit Stoked Mentoring

Stoked Mentoring has once again partnered with the prestigious Milk Gallery in Manhattan for their benefit art auction on Saturday, April 5th 2008 at 6PM.

Stoked is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing “Successful Teens with Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience and Determination” through action sports, mentoring, and life coaching.  Stoked brings together at-risk youth and successful adults to learn a new non-traditional sport like surfing, skateboarding, or snowboarding.  These sports serve as the groundwork and means for enhancing mentoring relationships and introducing life skills that elicit the best from both parties.  

Stoked is partnering with a prized selection of contemporary artists for the second year to auction their work to benefit the organization and its programs. This year’s contributing artists include Tom Sachs, Barry McGee, David Hockney, Francesco Clemente, Richard Hambleton, Kenzo Minami, William Wegman, Howard Schatz, Swoon, Kehinde Wiley, Danielle Mailer, Michael Dweck, Phil Frost, Russell Young, Emilio Perez and many other contemporary greats. Past contributions have included Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Alex Katz, and Julian Schnabel.

This year, Stoked is expanding its relationship with the arts into its mentoring programs and partnering with MoMA’s High School Programs, Department of Education for a skateboard deck painting workshop.  The Museum has graciously offered classroom space on their premises, a gallery tour, and assistance with instructors.  Stoked is developing a series of art workshops for the mentoring pairs with a continued focus on photography, painting, drawing, video, and music.  Art workshops provide an excellent forum for mentors and mentees to share new experiences and learn a skill together that can develop over time.  

Milk Studios is another special partner for Stoked and stands as a cultural intersection of fashion, photography and art. This vast space occupies over 45,000 square feet and is the home of Milk Gallery. Since its inception in November 2003, Milk Gallery has played an integral role in supporting original artists and designers and many philanthropies while at the same time providing emerging and established talent with an ideal exhibition space.

Stoked gives special thanks to Milk Gallery and Phillips de Pury and Company. Stoked also thanks all of the contributing artists and the following galleries and institutions for their generous contributions and continued support; Deitch Projects, Woodward Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Pablo’s Birthday, and Peter Blum Gallery.  Proceeds support Stoked Mentoring programs in New York and Los Angeles in 2008.

For additional information regarding Stoked Mentoring, please visit stokedmentoring.org.