Green Hope Project, along with partners at Franklin Mountain Investments (FMI) and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation (PdNCF), are less than a month away from bringing a 64-foot Bordalo II mountain lion mural to life on the west wall of the ONE San Jacinto Plaza building in Downtown El Paso.
As a final fundraising push, Green Hope Project will host a fundraising event at Alamo Drafthouse West on Saturday, August 6th from 10am to 2pm.
The event will feature art vendors, educational booths with wildlife rehabilitators, a short screening of the Bordalo II documentary, Life of Waste, and movie screening of Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story, narrated by Matthew McConaughey. Tickets can be purchased at the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation at https://pdnfoundation.org/events/green-hope-project-mural-fundraiser-movie-screening-auction-and-art-vendors/08-06-2022
The project is also seeking items suitable for auction, including artwork and art vendors that would like a booth in exchange for an auction item. Businesses, groups or organizations are invited to participate in the ECO Art Challenge, where they are tasked to build artwork using provided recycled items. For more information on the ECO Art Challenge or to participate in the action, please contact the Green Hope Project at email@example.com.
“We are excited to bring the community together before Bordalo II arrives to get everyone energized about what that this project really means. This has been years in the making and we are elated that Bordalo II is finally able to come to El Paso,” said Candace Printz, President of Green Hope Project.
Years ago, Printz and her students at El Dorado High School began working on environmental education initiatives, including a “Trash to Treasure” recycled material annual art competition, which became high-profile, drawing attention from Chelsea Clinton and Bordalo II himself. Bordalo II, who is from Lisbon, Portugal, is now curating a large-scale mountain lion for El Paso, which will become part of his series titled Big Trash Animals. This is the first installation for Bordalo II in Texas and there are fewer than fifteen in the United States.
Green Hope Project was founded by Candace Printz, a high school art teacher, in 2019. It was born out of the desire to create an extension of what her high school environmental/art club, It’s Your World Project, began in 2014. The club focuses include environmentalism, the arts, and education and its members believe that they can make a positive change by uniting their efforts, identifying the problems that face the world today, and persisting until they come up with unique solutions. Board members are comprised of Printz’s former high school students, community members, educators, and local business owners, all of whom have a passion for education and making the city, and by default, the world a better place to live. Green Hope Project is a fund of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.greenhopeproject.org/home.
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