Chicago Street Artist Unite Online to Raise Funds for Social Justice

CANVAS Chicago,  a creative production and marketing company that concepts, develops, funds, and executes art-forward public initiatives and immersive event experiences, has debuted a new art auction platform called Future Galerie to support artists supporting social justice initiatives. CANVAS Chicago has previously worked with organizations such as the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Sciences, EXPO Chicago, Art Basel, Rolling Stone Magazine, Red Bull, and many more. Future Galerie is an expansion of their endeavors to fight for justice while also highlighting artists. Future Galerie is a unified art auction and sweepstakes platform that gives 100% of its proceeds to social justice organizations that are taking deliberate actions to end systemic racism and create a just future for all.

Future Galerie features an impressive roster of acclaimed artists including Max Sansing, Adam Lucas (formerly Hanksy), JC Rivera, Kate Lynn Lewis, Dont Fret, Mauricio Ramirez, Lefty Out There, Langston Allston, Lala Abaddon, Liz Flores, Eva Carlini, Afrokilla, Shaurya Kumar (SAIC), Revise CMW, Troy Scat, and more to be announced. Those wishing to participate in the auction have the option to bid to win available artwork. Pieces available for bidding are gradually released on the Future Galerie website. Each online auction will last 8-10 days. Throughout the duration of the auction, each artist will go live on their Instagram pages to give insights about their chosen pieces. Bidders and viewers can tune-in to the live portion of the auction on @FutureGalerie’s and the artists’ Instagram pages and will culminate with an Instagram Live Chat with the artists, hosted by CANVAS Creative Director, Alaiia Gujral.

The team involved in this initiative include Co-Curators, Dont Fret, a Chicago-born nationally and internationally acclaimed artist whose work was also featured in the Netflix original series, “Easy,” and  Lonnie Edwards, an acclaimed Chicago-based an acclaimed producer, and filmmaker, who earned a reputation through first two films, “Parietal Guidance” and “A Ferguson Story,” for documenting and dramatizing lives in oppressed and marginalized communities. Alaiia Guljral, who is also working on this initiative, uses her work at CANVAS Chicago and the Gujral Foundation, an international philanthropic art and culture organization, to display her passion for art curation and cultural event production. “Though racial injustice issues have been an ongoing problem in our country, the gravity of recent events has created an atmosphere where we are all compelled to take immediate action to help combat systemic racism. As a creative producer, I felt the most effective way to make a difference was by bringing artists and the community together to generate momentum and support for urgently needed change,” said Alaiia Gujral. “This has long been a priority for me. This platform feels like a perfect way for us to use our resources and connections to raise money for social justice organizations on the front lines of building a more tolerant and equitable future.”

More information about Future Galerie can be found at

Chante’ Gamby is a writer and therapist passionate about social justice and empowering others to live their best lives. Follow her on Facebook at Fringefam, Instagram@fringegram, or on her website,



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