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YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center to Host Third Annual Beyond Pink Art Show

Painted bust cast from the 2019 Beyond Pink Art Show

YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center will host its third annual Beyond Pink Art Show October 31st – November 1st. The event celebrates Mercer County breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families, who are invited to contribute art to be displayed and auctioned. Due to COVID-19, the event will be mostly virtual, with limited in-person components. A prerecorded video will be streamed to ticket holders that will include a walkthrough of the gallery, as well as interviews with the artists. Attendees can also purchase tickets to view the artwork, which will be displayed at YWCA Princeton, and reserve a specific time and date to visit the gallery. The physical gallery will be open October 31st from 6 pm – 9 pm, and November 1st, from 11 am – 6 pm.

No more than 25 attendees will be permitted in the gallery at a time, and masks will be required. All surfaces will be frequently sanitized throughout the two-day event. The fusion of virtual and in-person components is designed to keep the event inclusive to those with compromised immune systems, and offers the potential for more widespread attendance beyond Mercer County.

“The Beyond Pink Art Show is an extension of our Healing Arts Program, where women have the opportunity to express themselves and share their experiences in their breast cancer journeys,” said Melissa White-McMahon, Director of the Breast Cancer Resource Center. “The bust casting project remains the focal point of the art show. Getting casted in the molding materials, joining other women in Healing Arts classes, and displaying a symbol of their joy, pain, and hope, requires so much strength and vulnerability. I’m glad we’ll be able to celebrate these incredible women and their families, and embrace the obstacles of a hybrid event like we do all challenges at the BCRC: with creativity and compassion.”

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, early studies are showing that cancer screening percentages are down at an alarming rate,” stated YWCA Princeton Executive Director Tay Walker. “Delayed screenings will likely lead to later diagnoses, and an overall increase in women who will need the services provided by the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Beyond Pink is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, but we also need to raise awareness, remind people of the importance of screenings, and let women and their families know that we’re here for them.”

Ticket prices will start at $60 for access to the virtual viewing of the art show and a virtual cocktail reception and Q&A with the artists. Limited in-person tickets, which also include the virtual elements, will cost $75 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets are on sale now, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more at www.ywcaprinceton.org/beyondpink