Young New Yorkers' 2017 Silent Art Auction honoring actor and activist Michael K. Williams

 "Our criminal justice system has swallowed up too many people I love." 

Contributing Artists: Kara Walker, Shepard Fairey, and 80 others

A Gift from Amplifier:

Winners of artworks receive a complimentary

We The People Amplifier print designed by Shepard Fairey



Curated by: Layqa Nuna Yawar and Ann Lewis

View the auction on Paddle8 and reserve your tickets now!  



May 10, 2017
VIP: 6:00–7:00PM [Star and Super Star Tickets]
Main Event:  7:00–10:00 PM [Regular Old Tickets] 
548 West 28th Street
Chelsea, New York


At this year's auction will are delighted to be honoring Michael K. Williams. To meet our honored guest, reserve a Star or Super Star Ticket to attend the preview event.  

Michael K. Williams—President Barack Obama’s favorite actor, Williams played such characters as Omar Little on The Wire, Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire, and many others.  Williams has been speaking out for criminal justice reform for years. Williams has proven to be invested in breaking down stereotypes and humanizing narratives around those caught up in the criminal justice system. He is a part of the ACLU Ambassador Project, through which he raises awareness on contributing factors to mass incarceration. One reason Williams has such a loyal fanbase is that he has been open and honest about his own struggles with growing up in Brooklyn housing projects.  "Our criminal justice system has swallowed up too many people I love," says Williams. 

All proceeds from the Silent Art Auction support Young New Yorkers' arts-based diversion programs for young people in the adult criminal courts.










Layqa Nuna Yawar

Ann Lewis


Rochester Endovascular





Talib Kweli

David "CHINO" Villorente

Dr. Ian Wilson





The Amplifier Foundation

Authentic Transport

Handwerk Design + Art Consulting


Riot Color




Renee Bissell

K. C. Boyle

Michele Bruno
Rebecca Calliot
Ting Ting Cheng

Eva Davis

David Dennis

Casey Gleghorn

Ryan Griffin
Kristine Herman

Lisa Jensen

Matt Kipilman

Maya Levin
Mirra Levitt

Daniel Littlewood

Lenise Logan

Marcus Logan
Steve Ludmer
Helen McWilliam
Tyler Nims
Ross Offinger
Christina Ostermier

Phaedra Paulson
Jessica Rofe

Florence Schmitt
Fotinos Soulos

Helen Stewart

Ginny Suss
Aduke Thelwell

Natalie Trainor
Carri Twigg
Ted Volynets
Kate van Voorhees
Patrick Waldo

Brenda Zubay



44 North Vodka

Balance Water

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery

GV Art Conservation 

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Robert A. M. Stern Architects

Scratch DJ Academy

T. Edward Wines

Three Tiers Bakery

Threes Brewing 


Max Allbee

Emily Babich

Rachel Barnard

Cleo Barnett

Ian Batchelor

Darren Bowen

John Bravo DeMicoli

Jamie Bruno

Gregory Bugel

Natalie Burk

Breanna Carlson

Jess Chen

Lawrence Ciarallo

Jo Cox 

Natalia Donoso 

James JB Barreiro

Salvador Espinoza

Marcus Everson

Alex Fanning

Katie Fuller

Joshua Geyer

Jay Golding

Michelle Gysberts

Sina Basila Hickey

Zuhaib Kokab

Cassie Leventhal

Dianne Loftis

Heidi Lorenz

Karin Du Maire

Maria Marquez

Ashley Martin

Jo Anna McClean

Jordan Morris

Coke Wisdom O'Neal

Robert Ramirez

Damien Roman
Katie Schorr

Neelu Shruti

George Sylvain

Travis Weeks

Alex Whedbee