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Trade Volunteer Hours for Masterpieces at Time for Art

Ever wanted to own some original art, but found your bank account not ready for the purchase? You can bring home works by some of the Midlands’ most talented artists this week without spending a dime, if you’re willing to give some time to local nonprofits.

Time for Art, happening Thursday at 6 p.m. at the USC Alumni Center, is a silent auction of local art, but the bidding is done with volunteer hours instead of dollars. During cocktail hour, guests will connect with local nonprofits and learn how to best spend their volunteer time to claim their prized piece of art. Once the silent auction opens, guests can bid on more than 35 pieces of local and regional art. Winners have the option to work their hours at any nonprofit throughout the Midlands, and have until March 1, 2017 to fulfill their pledge. At the end of the night, the artist who’s piece receives the most hours bid will receive the Land Bank Lofts Volunteer Award.

The event is hosted by Columbia Opportunity Resource, the University of South Carolina Young Alumni Council and United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society in partnership with other young professional organizations throughout the Midlands.

Last year, more than 250 young professionals attended Time for Art and bid 3,169 hours: the equivalent of $71,460.95 for the community. Time for Art exposes young professionals to the nonprofit and arts communities in the Midlands without a large financial requirement.

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