On September 19th, Torchbearers held its second annual fall fundraiser, Art Against Addiction, a silent auction helping to combat the opiate epidemic in the greater Akron community. The event raised nearly $4,000 for the Arts and Crafts Initiative at Oriana House. Funds raised will help to provide art supplies, host instructors, and allow for an expansion of the program, which creates an outlet for self-expression and serves an additional form of therapy for those in recovery.
Over 100 people attended the auction held at the Akron Art Museum, which featured more than 120 pieces of artwork donated by amateur and professional artists from Northeast Ohio, including paintings, photography, woodcarvings, blown glass, and more. Individuals involved in the Arts and Crafts Initiative also donated several pieces of art and spoke about their experiences with the program.
View a short recap video of the event here.
Since 1981, Oriana House has provided quality and humane chemical dependency treatment & community corrections services to clients while contributing to safer communities. Today, Oriana House encompasses more than 25 programs that provide a sanction while assisting offenders in developing the skills they need to become productive members of the community.
The Art Against Addition fundraiser was created in 2017 following a conversation between Torchbearers members and community influencers, which Torchbearers facilitated to identify solutions to greater Akron’s most pressing challenges, the opiate epidemic rising to the top. The inaugural event raised over $3,000 which was used to purchase 615 drug deactivation pouches for the Summit County Community Partnership’s (SCCP) Deterra Project, which removes thousands of unused prescription medications from the streets.