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Hello Artists!

Welcome to ArtCares 2015!
2015 is the 31st year for the AIDS Taskforce. We have officially been serving people with HIV/AIDS in the community for over three decades.  In order to build upon our services, we hold two major fundraisers each year with ArtCares being our signature benefit.

For years, we have asked for you to donate pieces to our auction, and you have responded most generously!  To thank you for your continued support of our agency and our mission, we’d like to give back to you.

This year, we’d like to offer you two ways of donating to the event:

  1. You donate a piece and receive a 20% commission on the winning bid amount.
  2. You donate a piece in which 100% of the proceeds go to the AIDS Taskforce and receive a complimentary ticket to the event.

This is a change from years past.  If you have any questions about it, please feel free to contact me via email at rstrong@clevelandtaskforce.org, or on my cell at 216-496-8442.

We are once again looking to the generous hearts in the art community to donate works for our auction. Your in-kind contribution to our cause makes all the difference, and we are deeply thankful for that generosity.

We are currently accepting donations of artworks in all mediums.  Details for submitting are included in the accompanying submission form (please note the donation form has been updated to allow for the choices noted above as well as our new address for submission drop-off).

Mark your calendars:
ArtCares 2015 at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
3615 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2527
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Again, the details for donating are included in the updated submission form (Word). This form must be complete and accompany submission upon delivery.
AC15 Submission Form

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with me in person, please feel free to email me anytime. Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you very soon.

Rebecca Murray-Strong
Director of Development & Marketing
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland



ArtCares 2015 – Buy your tickets now!

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Nearly 1,000 art lovers will gather in the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium on Saturday, May 16th for ArtCares 2015, the annual auction and party to benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. ArtCares 2015 is being presented through the generosity of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Toby Devan Lewis with support from Consolidated Graphics Group.

ArtCares is the signature fund-raiser for the AIDS Taskforce, which serves individuals and families infected, affected and at-risk for HIV/AIDS. Proceeds help provide services such as counseling and case management, educational programs for adults and youth at risk, housing, public policy and advocacy and a food pantry that provides much-needed help for a community in which illness often coincides with poverty.

This year, the AIDS Taskforce will present their ArtCares Icon award to John Farina, who has been an integral part of ArtCares and the AIDS Taskforce over the years, not only chairing the event, but having worked for the agency as well.

The centerpiece of ArtCares remains the auction of art generously donated by professional artists living in, or with connections to, Northeast Ohio, as well as artwork from students and faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art, one of the founding partners in establishing ArtCares.

This year will again feature local artist and curator, Kristin Rogers, as curator of the event.

New this year will be the Premiere Reception, a private party and exhibition of select artwork.  Tickets for the Premiere Reception begin at $250 per person.

6:30-8pm – Premiere Reception
7:30-10:30pm – Main Galleries Open
9:30pm-1am – After Hours Party

General Admission tickets are $50 per person, and VIP tickets are $100. Host Committee sponsorship and Corporate Partnerships are available. Tickets and more information are available by calling the Taskforce at 216-621-0766, extension 2915, or by visiting: http://bit.ly/ArtCares15

2015 ArtCares Icon – John Farina


John Farina has more than 25 years of experience in management, fundraising, marketing, public policy, banking, and sales – as well as working with nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, board member and staff person.

John Farina has served in leadership positions and has raised more than $4 million for several social service and arts organizations including the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Beck Center for the Arts. Farina has managed successful levy campaigns for the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities along with leadership roles in the effort to reform Cuyahoga County government in 2009 and the Arts & Culture levy in 2006. John has also held crucial positions in many individual campaigns, including running on his own. John has also served as a consultant to many small and mid-size nonprofit organizations.

Currently John is the Executive Director of ARTneo, the museum of Northeast Ohio art and will once again have a leadership role in the campaign to renew the Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture levy.

John is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builder’s Flagship Program (2002). He recently completed a four year term as President of the Board of Directors for SPACES, and holds a leadership position in the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats. Farina has also served on the boards of Equality Ohio, GLSEN and NAMI and on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign as well as a former board member, President and Interim Director of the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland. In 2014, he was the co-chair of the highly successful six-day Festival Village for Gay Games 9 and is an active participant in many area organizations including the Print Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland International Film Festival.

John Farina was the Grand Marshall of the 2004 Cleveland Pride Parade, recognized for his leadership in the HIV/AIDS and LGBT community. In 2012, he was the recipient of the City of Cleveland LGBT Heritage Day Advocacy Leadership Award. In 2015, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland will honor Farina with the ‘ArtCares Icon’ award for his commitment to the HIV/AIDS and arts communities.

Born and raised on Long Island in New York, Farina came to Cleveland in 1991 and now resides in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland with his fiancé, Adam Tully and their two cats, Emma Peel and Hex. They are avid art collectors with more than 350 objects in their collection and are the owners of the Maria Neil Art Project, an art gallery in the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland.