“Art Celebrates Life” is the theme of this year’s 12th annual Border AIDS Partnership Dia de los Muertos fundraiser.
A skull designing contest, silent art auction, food, drinks and more will be available for the event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 4 in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, across from San Jacinto Plaza.
Tickets are $20 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and the opportunity to bid on the art work. It is a juried show. Tickets are available at the El Paso Community Foundation offices, 333 N. Oregon (2nd Floor) and at the door.
“Our twelfth silent art auction and fifth skull decorating competition is a fun way for local artists and the community to join together to provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS," said Floyd Johnson, event committee chairman and president of BAP.
Past art auctions have included original works by noted area artists such as Margarita Cabrera, Linda Hains, Jesus ‘Cimi’ Alvarado, Erica Marin, Ben Sáenz, Victor Navarro, Miguel Bonilla, Suzi Davidoff and Horace Mayfield.
In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem. With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.
Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs. Previous grantees include Centro Caritativo Para Atención de Enfermos de Sida, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Teen Advisory Board, Programa Compañeros, support group HIVida, Actúa y Toma El Control, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Families & Youth, Inc.
Call 915-533-4020 or go to borderaids.org for more information.