The 10th Annual Throwdown was one of our toughest art competitions yet! On Friday, September 16th, artists John Halliday, Devontae Knight, Mayssam Iskandar, Christopher Murray, and Elizabeth Brooks had 90 minutes to create an original piece of art while utilizing a surprise item. Inspired by our event venue - the USS Battleship Memorial Park's Aircraft Pavilion - this year’s mystery box item was a wooden airplane.
During the competition, attendees enjoyed music by Ryan Balthrop, a silent auction, and catering by Heroes and the Royal Scam. Our evening was emceed by the only-and-only Darwin Singleton. The one-of-a-kind artworks created at the event were auctioned off live, and the artist with the highest bid was Mayssam Iskandar – whose piece sold for $700. Collectively, these artists alone raised $2,700 towards our fundraising total of $16,000+! All funds raised will go towards MAC’s mission: to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community.
The 2022 event marked the first in-person Throwdown since 2019. We want to thank all of those who attended, everyone who donated towards our silent auction, our wonderful volunteers, and our competing artists for donating their time and talent on MAC's behalf. Special thanks to our event sponsors: e the Mobile County Commission, Noblet Dentistry, New Horizons Credit Union, Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, The Royal Scam, Hackbarth Deliveries, Alabama Public Radio, 1702 Real Estate, Showbiz Theatrical Services, the Mobile Rundown, and Medicare Progress. Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
The full event photo album can be seen online here. Photos by Mike Kittrell. Interested in sponsoring next year's event? Contact Angela Montgomery at email@example.com!
Last Year: The 9th Annual Throwdown
The 9th Annual Throwdown, MAC’s biggest fundraising event, was a part virtual, part live experience. The 2020 art competition happened in the style of a reality show on MAC’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on Thursday, October 29th! Our 2020 Throwdown artists included Monica J. Beasley, Soynika Edwards-Bush, Steve Joynt, Abe Partridge, and Kathleen Kirk Stoves. Each artist had 90 minutes to create an original piece of artwork using an 18x24" surface while incorporating items from a mystery box. The artwork created was available for auction online at the end of the evening. Our event host was WPMI Local 15's Darwin Singleton, and the competition featured some spooky surprises! The 2020 champion was Abe Partridge, and the event raised over $7,000 for the organization. Watch last year's creepy competition online below!
Past Highlights: The 8th Annual Throwdown
Last year's Throwdown was our biggest event yet! We want to thank all of those who attended, everyone who donated towards our silent auction, our wonderful volunteers, and our competing artists for donating their time and talent on MAC's behalf. This year's competitors were Anna-Marie Babington, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Brandin Stallworth, Patrick Tucker, and Ginger Woechan. The competition results were incredibly close, but ultimately the winner was Anna-Marie Babington, who is now our new Throwdown champion!
Attendees enjoyed live music by Rogerwood featuring Roger Fritz and catering by Heroes, The Royal Scam, and desserts by The Simple Greek. The evening was emceed by the only-and-only Darwin Singleton.
All funds raised will go towards MAC’s mission: to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community.
Special thanks to our event sponsors: Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, Alabama Public Radio, T.S. Wall & Sons, Hackbarth Delivery Service, Thompson Engineering, Heroes, the Royal Scam, the Simple Greek, Gulf Coast Distributing, Sweetwater, Showbiz Theatrical Services, Berney Office Solutions, and Crescent Theater.
Photos by Mike Kittrell.