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MLK Portrait Auction

Each year, East End Arts inspires area high school students to participate in a unique community project honoring civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Through the MLK Portrait Project, students unleash their creativity to create individual panels that come together in communion to create a portrait of a civil rights leader. Students learn how the power of the individual is amplified in the community.

Local high school students memorialize the efforts of our nation’s civil rights leaders with Unity through Artistic Collaboration in the annual MLK Portrait Project.

This year’s fifteen 4’x4′ mosaic portraits featuring Mahalia Jackson, Rosa Parks, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, John Lewis, and Aretha Franklin are on view every Saturday 2/18 – 3/4. Each portrait is up for auction to support the EEA Scholarship Fund.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18 | 12PM – 1PM | East End Food Market to meet the artists

Market hours: 9AM – 1PM every Saturday 2/18 – 3/4

Auction closes: Saturday, March 4 at 5PM

Make sure to vote in the People’s Choice Award! Winner will be announced March 4 at 1PM 

Once complete, the mosaic portraits first hang in their corresponding schools and then are displayed in a public gallery. The originals are sold at auction and the proceeds support the East End Arts & Music School scholarship for art and music students. 

Build your collection and participate in the annual MLK Portrait Auction. It’s a fabulous way to support current high school art students and future students in need of financial assistance.