The Persad Center announces the support of renowned artists for “2022 Art for Change Event”

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Persad Center is organizing “2022 Art for Change Event” on Friday, September 9 at Stage AE on the North Shore. The event, Persad’s 35e Annual, is one of the most important art auctions in the region. Proceeds support the Persad Center’s mission to provide mental health services to the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Persad is pleased to announce that Bob Sendall is the event’s chairman and that Steve Mendelson will be one of its featured gallery owners. Bob and Steve are both longtime supporters of Persad and have been involved with this event since its inception in 1987. Other featured gallerists include Judy Barie, Madeline Gent, Darrell Kinsel and Rachel Rearick.

Persad has also received artwork engagements from the Herb Ritts Foundation, New York fashion and celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz, Anita Henley Carrington, Clint Fisher and Chris Lopez. The event continues to accept artwork submissions from the local arts community until August 15th. For more information on submitting artwork or purchasing tickets, visit

Art for Change 2022 is presented by UPMC with support from PA Health & Wellness, PNC, Nemacolin, Key Bank, CrawfordEllenbogen and First Commonwealth Bank.

About the Persad Center

Founded in 1972, Persad Center is the 2n/a the oldest LGBTQ+ mental health agency in the United States. The agency works to improve the lives and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS through counselling, psychiatry, groups, teletherapy and social support for youth and adults. elderly people of western Pennsylvania. . Despite tremendous gains for LGBTQ+ people, members of the community still experience associated stigma, shame, trauma, and impacts. Ensuring that specialized services are available to respond to the unique situations that members of our community face is essential to providing transformative services.