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View of the “NASTY WOMEN” exhibition and auction.

New York’s Knockdown Center Raises More Than $50,000 for Community Health and Reproductive Justice Organizations

New York’s Knockdown Center raised more than $50,000 for community health and reproductive justice organizations through its “Nasty Women” exhibition and its “Stay Nasty” program of performances, lectures, screenings, and workshops.

More than six hundred artists contributed works for the exhibition and auction. The pieces were priced at $100 or less to encourage both experienced patrons and first-time collectors to buy. Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore, the exhibition’s curators, said, “We were thrilled by the overwhelming response of women artists who were spurred to action and joined us in this protest of the threats to women’s rights by the incoming administration. This exhibition is an action of solidarity and presence, a statement of resistance.” The auction raised $42,325 for Planned Parenthood.

Tickets for the “Stay Nasty” program were priced at twenty dollars each. The $8,020 raised by the series will go toward helping the New York Immigration Coalition, Girls for Gender Equity, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and SisterSong.

“Knockdown Center is thrilled and honored to have partnered with the ‘Nasty Women’ organizers to amplify the voices of hundreds of women artists, musicians, performers, activists and organizers for this cause,” said the center’s codirector, Michael Merck. “The event[s] depended upon the organizing power, experience, and knowledge of artists and activists who have been on the ground in the struggle for human rights long before the election, and who will continue to fight against discrimination and the ongoing battle for women’s autonomy.”

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