Border AIDS Partnership silent art auction returns December 4
What: Border AIDS Partnership annual fundraiser featuring silent art auction work by noted artists
When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Purchase tickets at art.virtualgalas.org
Where: El Paso Community Foundation Room (EPCF), 333 N. Oregon and Online
With the motto “Art is Life,” El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) presents its Spotlight Silent Art Auction, a fine art silent auction competition in observance of World AIDS Day. The local nonprofit’s 14th spotlight event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon St. All bidding will occur online and tickets may be purchased for $20 at art.virtualgalas.org. This will be a hybrid event (in-person and online) to bid on original artwork. It is a juried show.
“Our 14th silent art auction 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 Board Member. “In the past, attendees have bid on amazing work by Gaspar Enriquez, Linda Hains, Jesus ‘Cimi’ Alvarado, Erica Marin, Ben Sáenz, Victor Navarro, Miguel Bonilla, Suzi Davidoff, Patrick Gabaldón, Horace Mayfield, and many more, while ensuring that those who need it most are helped by BAP.”
“This year’s event promises to include world-renowned artwork by some pretty high-end artists,” said Wayne Hilton, BAP President. “Honoring those who have passed, particularly around World AIDS Day, is definitely an honor for us and it’s a privilege to share with our border community.”
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 binational, tri-state funding collaborative that provides funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.
Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.2 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.