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Student-inspired Northeast mural to be dedicated Saturday

Artwork by 190 students from Barron, Tom Lea, and Bradley elementary schools provided inspiration for local artists LosDos and this collaborative process has resulted in a mural for Northeast El Paso.

The new mural will be dedicated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Veterans Park located at 5301 Salem Drive.

LosDos artists Ramon and Christian Cardenas, whose work embraces and celebrates community, spoke with students from the schools about expressing their experiences through art, as well as what community means to them.

The students kept journals over an 8-week period, which expressed their ideas of community — friends, family, neighborhood, and personal thoughts. LosDos used the students’ work as inspiration, resulting in a single mural, which will be dedicated Saturday.

The 10-foot tall by 20-foot mural is part of an effort to expand public art in the region.

“It was new and exciting for us to work with so many different partners on a project,” Christian Cardenas said.

This is the 4th year that Artstream, a project of the El Paso Community Foundation, has partnered with artists to educate students on how they create their art, and how those students can express themselves artistically.

The Artstream project integrates fundamentals of fine arts into elementary school classrooms and supports the El Paso Independent School District’s Active Learning Initiative, an interactive, project-based curriculum. Artstream shows teachers how to incorporate music, movement, and the visual arts into everyday classroom lessons to enhance student academic and social development.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the El Paso Community Foundation, The Classroom Fund, and Progress321.

Progress321 Announces 2019 Lunch Roulette Series

Progress321, a local nonprofit membership organization dedicated to continuing the region’s growth as the “best place to live, work, play and create” has announced the launch of its Lunch Roulette series.

The series includes an authentic and interactive experience, via a small group setting, with one of El Paso’s most influential leaders as an honored guest. The honored guest isn’t revealed to Rouletters until the time of the lunch.

Past guests include Adair Margo, El Paso’s First Lady and Tom Lea Institute Founder; Mary Kipp, CEO of El Paso Electric; Ed Escudero, President and CEO of High Desert Capital; Rick Francis, Chairman and CEO of Westar Bank; Bob Wingo, Chairman of Sanders Wingo; Woody Hunt, Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hunt Companies; Dr. Richard Lange, President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso; and Amy and Beto O’Rourke.

“Members of Progress 321 (Progressors) are looking to engage in our community and learn from those in leadership positions. Lunch Roulette provides attendees an opportunity to have a direct conversation with community influencers in an intimate setting,” said Progress321 President Michael Guerra. “The result is a one of a kind experience propelling Progressors to become agents of change.”

“The opportunity to meet and speak to a wonderful group of our community’s future leaders was incredibly rewarding,” shares Mary Kipp, President and CEO of El Paso Electric. “I am inspired by the talent Progress 321 brings together, and I look forward to their continued work and leadership for our region.”

“What an amazing opportunity and experience to participate in the Progress 321 Lunch Roulette!   The 321 Progressors — El Paso’s future leaders — are talented, enthusiastic, inquisitive and insightful.  I think I was supposed to inspire them, but the opposite happened. I was inspired!!!  I’d participate again in a heartbeat (pun intended),” said Dr. Richard Lange, president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

“It’s nice to have this really relaxed get together,” said Beto O’Rourke. Speaking on behalf of he and Amy, the former Congressman shared, “We’re grateful to be a part of Progress321’s Lunch Roulette. I’m just really in love with and proud of El Paso. This community defines me in a big way. This is our moment and we should feel the pressure to shine.”

According to officials with Progress321, the group was formed to recruit, empower and develop active young professionals who can volunteer and provide their expertise to build the capacities of nonprofit organizations engaged in education, the arts, public health and economic development.

“The organization helps young professionals to engage in and fund projects and initiatives in these areas, in the hopes of improving the region’s quality of life.”

For more information on Progress321 please visit their website or email

Line Up, Date Announced for Progress321 & FEMAP Foundation’s Annual Concierto321

Progress321, in partnership with the FEMAP Foundation, announced the date of the second annual Concierto321 fundraising event held this year on May 6th at 6:00PM in the evening.

This year’s event will feature local musical performers Aaron Goldfarb, Carla Riojas, and headliner The Chamanas. The event will feature a cocktail party and rooftop concert with beautiful views of Downtown El Paso held on the rooftop of FEMAP’s School of Nursing in Ciudad Juarez.

Along with new musical performers, the event will also include a limited edition signed silkscreen print by local artist DiosPerro. All funds raised from ticket sales and sponsorships will go directly towards Nursing School Scholarships and to the FEMAP Micro-Finance Program. Last year the event raised more than $27,000 and was split between the two programs.

On average, more than 100 nursing school students per semester receive scholarships to help cover the modest $43 monthly tuition. With an average loan amount of $350, the Micro-Finance Program helped 36 individuals to build better lives for their families.

Progress321 is a non-profit organization that exists to make El Paso, Texas and the greater Paso del Norte region ‘the next best place to live and work” by convening and enabling vibrant, active and spirited young professionals to improve the region’s economy and quality of life.

Located in El Paso, Texas, on the US/MX border, the FEMAP Foundation along with FEMAP in Ciudad Juarez provide links between the two cities and countries in order to improve the quality of life of families living in poverty through health, education, micro-finance and community programs for children. The collaboration between FEMAP Foundation and FEMAP is an example of the goodwill that exists between both countries and peoples.

Concierto321 tickets are still available for purchase. The tax deductible $200 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour with Aaron Goldfarb, open bar, a rooftop concert with Carla Riojas featuring The Chamanas, and a limited edition silkscreen print from DiosPerro.

For more information about this event, Progress321 or FEMAP and its programs contact or

‘1 Million Cups’ Program Headed to El Paso

The Hub of Human Innovation announced Monday that the program 1 Million Cups is headed to El Paso for the first time.

1 Million Cups is a new community program for entrepreneurs and innovators.  The program works to create a “safe and supportive environment that will educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs.”

Every Wednesday we will have two entrepreneurs present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.

Presenters prepare a six-minute educational presentation and engage in twenty minutes of feedback and questioning after they present.  Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather real-time feedback, connect with a community that cares about their progress and walk away feeling as if they have advanced their business.

The program, started by the Kauffman Foundation, takes place every Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m. in locations all around the country.

1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.  Our coffee is free and provided by Pickup.Coffee

The Hub of Human Innovation, in partnership with Borderplex Alliance, El Paso Economic and International Development, El Paso Community Foundation, PeopleFund, Progress321, Technology Hub Juárez, and Wells Fargo Bank hosts 1 Million Cups, or 1MC.

For more information or to apply to be a presenter, simply visit 1 Million Cups; or follow them on Twitter or Facebook for further information.

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