Artists for Haiti was founded by Ben Stiller and David Zwirner following a joint trip to Haiti in January 2011, a year after the devastating earthquake. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization awards grants to selected charities in support of children’s education and health initiatives in the country. On September 22, 2011, Artists for Haiti mobilized the international art world for a high-profile, record-breaking auction held at Christie’s, New York. 26 of today’s most important contemporary artists contributed work for the auction and their generous donations sent a vital message to Haiti that not only can it count on the support of this field, but that art remains a central part of its identity. The auction raised a record $13.7 million and since Christie’s waived its standard commission fees for Artists for Haiti, 100% of the proceeds are going to benefit humanitarian activities in Haiti. Read about the initial grantees here.
Image: Copyright Randall Slavin, January 2011