TK Martin Center to Host First Silent Auction Fundraiser at Moe’s BBQ


Contact person: Camille Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—The TK Martin Center for Technology and Disability at Mississippi State is hosting a silent art exhibit and auction next weekend to benefit its Express Yourself! Artistic program.

The first event of its kind featuring artwork from Express Yourself! participants will be held Saturday, May 14 at Moe’s BBQ, 110 E. Main Street in Starkville, from 2-4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to host our first annual silent art auction, and our artists have poured their hearts and souls into these pieces. We couldn’t be more proud of their talents and their growth this year,” said Kasee ​​Stratton-Gadke, director of the center. “The auction will benefit each individual artist, with half of all sales going to the artist and the remaining amount supporting the Express Yourself! program.”

Express yourself! is an artistic, recreational and vocational program whose mission is to empower people with disabilities to express themselves and their creative interests through artistic works. It includes performers who come with a variety of curiosities and different levels of disability. The program is supported by art sales, generous donors, the Faith Fight Finish Foundation, and sponsorship from the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In addition to the silent auction, the event includes a raffle, food, meet the artists and a live painting by Kendrell Daniels, an Express Yourself! artist and Kemper County Mississippi State Junior Art Major. The Mississippi State baseball game will also be streamed.

Gracie Conn, speak up! coordinator, said that all the artists are looking forward to exhibiting their pieces at auction.

“This silent auction means a lot to our artists and our program. They are excited to share their creativity with the public while allowing the community to bid on artwork for their homes and support this amazing program,” said Conn.

Stratton-Gadke noted that the event could not take place without the support of many people and organizations.

“This year we received sponsorship to promote the work of our artists from the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities,” Stratton-Gadke said. “We hope the sponsorship of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities will not only help support the work of our artists, but also provide an opportunity to learn more about all of our services at TK Martin.”

Named for the late vice president of MSU who made college more accessible to people with physical challenges, the TK Martin Center for Technology and Disability provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments and services to eliminate limitations through the application of assistive technologies, enabling individuals to participate fully in the educational, occupational and leisure activities of their choice.

Learn more about the center at www.tkmartin.msstate.edu and its Express Yourself! Art program at www.tkmartin.msstate.edu/projects/express.php.

Founded in 1903, MSU’s College of Education is home to six academic departments, a research unit, and numerous service units. To learn more about the college, visit www.educ.msstate.edu.

MSU is the main university in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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