Art Gems is an annual art auction that raises money for the Creative Works Studio, an occupational therapy and community based initiative of the Inner City Health Program of St. Michael’s Hospital. Each year the auction includes a mix of professional artists as well as the work of mental health patients in the program, and it has raised over $1,000,000 since 2007. For 2016, they approached Big Sky Design to develop a new, responsive website that would work on all digital platforms. A traditional, non-responsive site cannot adapt to the platform it is being viewed on and is almost unreadable on anything but a computer. This is crucial today, as so many people view websites on their phones and tablets.
The 2017 event was an overwhelming success, surpassing its $175,000 goal by $15,000.