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Purchased art show in Indianapolis

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By Grace Hooley | Echo

Tonight, the anti-sex-trafficking organization Purchased will present “Art Against Trafficking,” an art show to raise awareness about their mission. The show will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis. All are welcome, and the event is free.

There will be an art auction, so interested attendees will have an opportunity to bid on various art mediums created by students. The silent auction will bring in much needed funds for the group. Payment is due at the pick-up time of 9:15 p.m.

Purchased is a nonprofit organization created to protect women and girls in central Indiana, both rescued and at-risk. Their mentorship program and educational meetings help spread awareness of sex trafficking and what it looks like. They run 10-week programs in residential homes and detention facilities. This informational curriculum is also spread to businesses, churches and schools to help the community combat sex trafficking.

The art was donated by local artists. The art gallery will feature three local musicians: Brett Luce, Schawayna Raie and Donn Smith.

“We ended up with 50 art pieces and cannot wait to show them off at the event,” Jana Selig, a volunteer at Purchased, said.

Selig has been a part of planning the event since she interned with Purchased, and now she and the other members of the organization finally get to see it all come together.

“The staff works incredibly hard doing their very best to accomplish their mission every day,” Selig said.

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