Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Usher, Lionel Richie, Eddie Murphy, Evan Ross, Maggie Q, Raquel Bitton, Chrome Hearts and more, come together using art and fashion so that students at Kibera’s Chema Vision Children’s Center can receive a quality education and a daily meal.
LA’s art and luxury fashion retailer to the stars, Church Boutique, and the eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) have teamed up with Christie’s and their charity auction partner Charitybuzz to produce "Art for Education," the inaugural celebrity art auction fundraiser to benefit the Chema Vision Children’s Center (Chema) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Chema school is situated in the midst of Kibera, Africa’s largest urban slum and was established to provide quality education for some of Kibera's most vulnerable children. Many of the students are orphans or children of single parents without income to pay for school fees.
Just before the pandemic, Chema was forced to relocate because the school structure was not up to code. MOT’s vegan bag production facility is located near the school and Julian Prolman, president of MOT heard about the school’s dilemma. Through an initial fundraiser orchestrated by MOT, Chema was able to relocate to a safe building. However, Chema is currently lacking much needed funds to pay its teachers and cover its operational expenses that includes a daily meal for the students.
When Church Boutique’s founders, Rodney Burns and David Malvaney, learned about the urgent need at Chema from their supply partner MOT whose branded bags are featured at The Church Boutique, they quickly reached out to their celebrity friends to request their support by painting their artistic expressions on MOT’s new organic canvas tote bag that will be auctioned online through Christie’s auction partner Charitybuzz starting June 1st, 2021 with the final bid accepted on June 16th.
Prior to the auction launch the bags will be on display from May 19th– 26that Church Boutique in Hollywood CA and then brought to New York where the bags will be on display at Christie’s during the auction.
Without hesitation, Rodney and David’s luminary friends offered to help including Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Usher, Lionel Richie, Eddie Murphy, Maggie Q, Evan Ross and Raquel Bitton with more mega stars soon to be announced. In addition, Laurie Lynn Stark the creator of the international jewelry and clothing brand Chrome Hearts has joined in to create her own unique MOT tote.
“We believe that luxury is a privilege that comes with the responsibility to care for others in need and therefore we are thrilled to collaborate with MOT to do what we can to make a difference in the lives of children born into challenging circumstances” said Rodney Burns.
The opening minimum bid for each one-of-a-kind celebrity designed bag will begin at $1,000.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Chema to help fund the schools operating budget with a goal to raise $100k.
“Chema is a Swahili word meaning something good, and that is what we are trying to do with Art for Education” said Julian Prolman.