Street kids inspire art to fund youth programs

Tue Oct 5, 2010 12:05pm EDT
 
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By Ashleigh Patterson

TORONTO (Reuters) - Thirty six photographs from a unique collaboration between award-winning photographers and young street survivors will be sold at auction this month to help fund educational programs for youth workers.

The third annual Drawn to Develop auction in Toronto on October 14 will feature original prints and mixed-media images.

Profits from the sale will go to Street Kids International - a nonprofit agency based in Toronto and London that provides financial literacy programs, advocacy and health education.

The sale includes original works by Yuri Dojc, one of Canada's most celebrated photographers, Raphael Mazzucco, Walter Chin and others.

"We're working up to getting the right audience in the room in order for the bidding price for the prints to be even close to their value," said Jo Cutajar, co-creator and executive director of Drawn to Develop.

Organizers hope to double the amount from last year when the auction raised nearly $35,000.

"Bidding wars are always expected," said Teiji Ishi, the photographer who produced the highest-selling print for two consecutive years.

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<p>A Philip Cheung print up for auction at the 2010 Drawn to Develop gala. REUTERS/Handout</p>