This week, the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso (DRIEP) and the Borderland Rainbow Center (BRC) announced their call for local artists for the LGBTQ+ Border Heroes Project.
The LGBTQ+ Border Heroes Project, announced earlier this year, will celebrate our colorful history past and present through educational playing cards that will feature these artists’ work.
“Our goal is to bring awareness to the world about the rich and beautiful LGBTQ+ history that lives in the borderland, honor those who
have made an impact, and to invite people to learn and grow in allyship,” organizers shared.
The LGBTQ+ Border Heroes will be designated in advance and artists will create images of specific figures/events for cash prizes and
promotion of their artwork.
Four Grand prizes of $300 each will be awarded to the art works selected for the “Queens” in each suit and for the design for the back of the cards; the $100 First Prizes will go to the 12 artworks representing for the Jacks, Kings, and Aces; the remaining 36 artworks will be awarded to the rest of the cards, each with a $50 cash prize.
Organizers share that female or women identifying artists will be prioritized by representing at least 28 of the 53 winners. Each artist will be allowed to enter two images in the specified electronic format. Each artist may only win one prize.
The BRC and DRIEP will amplify all selected artists by promoting their artwork and affiliated websites/social media sites.
Artists must have the ability to scan or photograph artwork that is not created digitally.
This project will include the production and sale of the completed Border Heroes playing cards decks, and will offer educational material and activities through the education wing of the Borderland Rainbow Center, the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso.