Crafts For A Cause

Binki Shapiro from Little Joy is creating more than just music. She has started something that involves art, artists and fans coming together to create change. Crafts For A Cause is an auction that launches online this March. “In an effort to raise money for the relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti, I’ve rallied a bunch of artists to contribute custom-made artwork – tshirts, tote bags and other personalized items – for the Crafts For a Cause auction.”

Rally a bunch of artists she has. The impressive roster of people and products includes: ballet slippers signed by Natalie Portman, a shirt decorated by Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, a bag featuring a poem handwritten by Jenny Lewis, Conor Obert’s Fender Strat, sketches by director Spike Jonze and the list goes on.

These one of a kind items will all be auctioned off to help fund Artists for Peace and Justice, an effort launched by award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis. Along with friends, Haggis founded APJ to bring creatives together behind social justice issues. Currently the group’s immediate goal is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti. The schools they are building will provide education, food, clean water and regular medical treatments to around 3,500 Haitian children. With the help of donors, APJ “plans to expand that to serve 10,000 children as quickly as possible.”

The auction begins at 8:00 a.m. on March 15th at Until then you can get a sneak peek at the items and artists included at her blog Find out more about Artists for Peace and Justice and other ways you can get involved in their work at

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  1. Julie:

    THIS is awesome.

    5:33 pm on February 24th, 2010
  2. Kristi:

    That’s incredible–I can’t wait!

    6:06 pm on February 24th, 2010

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