The new charity organization, honoring a local student, aims to prevent teenage suicide and raise mental health awareness
MIAMI (November 29th) – On Tuesday, November 29th, Art Miami will open its 2022 fairs with the launch of The Kennedy Kids Foundation. The charity was created in memory of local student Kennedy Bailey with a mission to prevent teenage suicide through mental health awareness, education and enhanced access to care. Bailey attended Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) where she studied art, and visited the Art Miami fair annually with her family.
“Art Miami is honored to launch The Kennedy Kids Foundation to help support youth mental health awareness and Kennedy’s parents Robert and Tina Bailey, as they create a legacy in honor of their daughter. A young, bright, vibrant and passionate art student and creative, Kennedy visited the Art Miami fairs annually with her family,” shares Nick Korniloff, Art Miami’s Executive Vice President and Fair Director. “We are thankful for artist Bradley Theodore’s generosity and support of this meaningful charitable organization that will have a long lasting positive effect on our youth.”
Taking place during the fair’s VIP Platinum Preview, the foundation’s launch will include a silent auction of three original works by renowned artist and muralist Bradley Theodore, who is internationally recognized for his street art and paintings of pop culture icons. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the foundation.
“The Kennedy Kids Foundation was created after the tragic loss of Kennedy Bailey, and the family grief and depression that followed,” shares Kennedy’s father Robert Bailey. “With the help from Nick Kornilof, Bradley Theodore and Art Miami staff, this foundation will move forward in its goal to eradicate suicide within our youth through education and mental health awareness.”
Art Miami’s 32nd edition will take place at The Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion, located at One Herald Plaza on NE 14th Street. The silent auction will take place during the Platinum VIP Preview at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29. Those interested in attending can visit https://www.artmiami.com/vip-application.
About Art Miami
Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, owned by Informa Markets are the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during Art Week. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting motivated collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe. Now in its 32nd year, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries. Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market. With a rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers. It is the “can’t miss” event for all serious collectors, curators, museum directors and interior designers providing an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement. https://www.artmiami.com/
About The Kennedy Kids Foundation
The Kennedy Kids Foundation was started in September of 2022. We as a charity are dedicated to the prevention of suicide for youth through the provision of mental health awareness, heightened help seeking-behavior, education and equitable access to care. Link to website here (going live on Friday)
About Bradley Theodore
With bright, energetic brushstrokes, Bradley Theodore transforms cultural icons into skeletons. The artist considers celebrity and mortality as he paints the silhouettes of famous figures such as David Bowie, Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn, and Anna Wintour—he often depicts elements of their distinctive outfits, hair, and poses as well as the bones that lie beneath. Theodore, who studied at the School of Visual Arts, takes inspiration from his early days as a graffiti artist in New York and his later career as a graphic designer. His compositions unite the expressive, pared-back forms of those practices with elements from art history and the world of fashion. Theodore has exhibited extensively in New York and London. He has completed public projects in those cities as well as in Tokyo and Tivat, Montenegro. The artist has also collaborated with Puma, Google, Rolls-Royce, and Lego.