On August 22nd and 23rd, Boulder, CO-based nonprofit Conscious Alliance will host a virtual auction to benefit their efforts to bring healthy food into underserved communities, feeding kids and families who need it most. As Conscious Alliance explains via a press release, every dollar that’s spent at the auction will equate to two meals for a family in need.
Featured packages being auctioned off include posters and memorabilia signed by Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Billy Strings, The Disco Biscuits, The Lumineers, Natalie Cressman, Railroad Earth, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Zac Brown Band, and more as well as custom art by Frenchy, AJ Masthay, David Hale, Christian Jaxheimer, and Joshua Morton.
Other available packages include special ticket packages for the 2021 editions of festivals like Electric Forest and Camp Bisco, VIP experiences at Red Rocks, and a Live Nation Fly-Away package. You can also bid on performances by your favorite artists—included in the list of auction lots are private Zoom sessions with Brendan Bayliss and Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee) and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band). Participants can also bid on a private concert for up to 25 people by Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Check out a full list of packages being auctioned here.
Each year, Conscious Alliance hosts over 100 ‘Art That Feeds’ food drives at concerts and music festivals around the country. The organization typically ends each summer with its Conscious Alliance All-Stars Benefit Concert, which has featured artists like Alana Rocklin and Jeffree Lerner (STS9), Anders Osborne, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Keller Williams, George Porter Jr., and many more.
In 2020, for obvious reasons, the usual Conscious Alliance operations have been unable to go forward as usual. However, the same global health crisis that’s put a pause on live events has increased public reliance on meal support.
With large-scale food donations from brands like Justin’s, Plum Organics, Hormel Foods, 1908 Brands Boxed Water, and Happy Family, Conscious Alliance has ramped up in 2020 and responded to the increased need by providing over 1 million meals to food pantries, meal programs and community organizations who work to get food into the hands of those who need it most. Additionally, they’ve partnered with MusiCares and World Central Kitchen to provide restaurant-prepared meals to out of work stagehands and production workers. They have sent trucks full of food and supplies to Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; Portland, OR; Navajo Nation in Arizona and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.