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Converse Launches Lovejoy Art Program to Benefit Local Artists

Converse is bringing together artists from around the world for a new program which seeks to support and inspire the artistic community.

The first Converse Lovejoy Art Program will feature a curated collection of 48 pieces of original artwork by 22 global artists, showcased at the Converse World Headquarters in Boston, and named after the Lovejoy Wharf where Converse has been headquartered since May 2015.

Artwork from the Converse Lovejoy Art Program will be auctioned on Paddle8, a global online auction community platform, to benefit the local artist community. The auction will first enter a preview week on Monday, April 11 and will officially begin on Monday, April 18 and close on May 2, with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting Artists for Humanity, a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to providing under-served youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.

“At Converse we owe so much to artists and their abundant creativity,” said David Carrewyn, Converse global creative brand director. “The Converse Lovejoy Art Program is an amazing opportunity for us to both give back to the creative community and offer all artists a platform to showcase their work. We’re proud to host our first auction to benefit the great work Artists for Humanity does in Boston and look forward to continuing this program next year.”

The program’s first wave of artists includes Futura, Ben Eine, Niels “SHOE” Meulman and Dan Witz as well as established artists Aaron De La Cruz, AJ Fosik, Amy Woodside, Andrew Schoultz, Ben Venom, Casey Gray, James “DALEK” Marshall, Dana Woulfe, Jeff Soto, Josie Morway, Judith Supine, Kenji Nakayama, Land, Marco Zamora, Mary Iverson, Pose, Sophie Roach and Tristan Eaton.