El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership hosts Día de los Muertos Spotlight event

With the motto “Art Celebrates Life,” El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) presents the Día de los Muertos Spotlight, a fine art silent auction and skull decorating competition in observance of the Day of the Dead.

“Our twelfth silent art auction and second 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, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Floyd Johnson, event committee chairman and president of BAP.

“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, Horace Mayfield, and many more, while ensuring that those who need it most are helped by BAP.”

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 $2.1 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.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Día de los Muertos Spotlight, call 915-533-4020, visit their webpage, or find them on Facebook.

The local nonprofit’s twelfth spotlight event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the EPCF Foundation Room located at 333 North Oregon Street in downtown El Paso

Tickets to the juried show are $20 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to bid on original artwork.

What: Border AIDS Partnership annual fundraiser featuring  silent art auction work and skull decorating competition by noted artists

When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: El Paso Community Foundation Room (EPCF), 333 North Oregon