NADA New York Will Funnel Half Its Ticket Sales to the ACLU

"The diversity of New York is what makes it the city that it is, and the art capital that it is," a board member says.

NADA New York 2016. Courtesy BFA and NADA New York.
NADA New York 2016. Courtesy BFA and NADA New York.

NADA New York, the annual art fair set to take place next month, will donate half the proceeds from ticket sales to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“As it’s NADA’s mission to create an open flow of information, support, and collaboration, we must take advantage of opportunities to rally the resources of this community,” Elyse Derosia, co-owner of New York’s Bodega Gallery and president of NADA’s board of directors, said in a statement to artnet News.

“The diversity of New York is what makes it the city that it is, and the art capital that it is,” says Derosia, “and we’re better because of it. This donation is a great way for the NADA community to collectively support the ACLU, whose work is so valuable in protecting human rights, especially those of the most vulnerable.”

NADA membership and events manager Thomas Ahlgren, membership director Manuela Paz, executive director Heather Hubbs, associate fair director Charlotte Walters, VIP relations manager Emily Counihan, and partnerships and communications manager Zack Tornaben. Courtesy BFA and NADA New York.

NADA membership and events manager Thomas Ahlgren, membership director Manuela Paz, executive director Heather Hubbs, associate fair director Charlotte Walters, VIP relations manager Emily Counihan, and partnerships and communications manager Zack Tornaben. Courtesy BFA and NADA New York.

The ACLU has been very much in the news lately, especially after President Donald Trump’s executive order on January 27 banned travel and immigration to the US from seven majority-Muslim nations. The following day, ACLU lawyers won an emergency stay from US District Judge Ann Donnelly, which was backed up on February 3 by Federal Judge James L. Robart.

The organization has also put out a statement regarding what it calls the “troubled history” of Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, and has pledged to oppose any executive orders by the administration that would, in its words, “roll back and undermine nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.”

The sixth edition of the New York fair, organized by the nonprofit New Art Dealers Alliance, will see 100 galleries from 14 countries set up their booths at a new location, the Skylight Clarkson North, at 572 Washington Street, in West SoHo. The fair has also changed dates, occurring this year from March 2–5, timed to the Armory Show, rather than Frieze New York.

Tickets for the run of the show will cost you $40, or $20 for a single day. Tickets for students and seniors are $10. The remaining 50 percent will go to support NADA’s International Exhibitor Prize.


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