The fourth annual art auction, Arte Con Corazon will be held on Oct. 3 at Café Mayapan (2000 Texas St.) to benefit Winchester House and Pride Center.
Courtesy of Arte Con Corazon
Local artists preparing their entrees for the 2014 Arte Con Corazon event.
The event will showcase El Paso’s local artists in support of two programs for youth aging out of foster care.
“The reason I started the art show was to bring more art to the lower valley,” said founder Chris Hurtado, “There’s nothing to motivate up and coming artists, to push them. So I was kind of tired of it, like ‘why don’t I try to do something?’”
Hurtado found an opportunity to showcase art in El Paso while also giving back.
“My friend was doing an internship with the Winchester House, a transitional home, and explained to me that a lot of these guys are former foster youth. They grow out of foster homes, and they become homeless,” said Hurtado.
Previously unaware of the issue and transitional home, Hurtado used these events as an opportunity to give back to his community.
He found artists willing to donate artwork to auction. Once sold, all proceeds went directly to the non-profit organization.
“This might be my chance to not only help out but also to start an art show where it’ll give up and coming artists a chance to get recognized,” said Hurtado, “It was like a light bulb went out.”
The Winchester House and Pride Center assists foster youth in gaining access to appropriate resources towards stable housing, higher education, employment and self-sufficiency as well as providing the necessary support and community to succeed.
“Whatever we make in proceeds goes towards toiletries, clothes for job interviews, maintenance on the facility, and bus passes to look for work,” said Hurtado.
The event will be held at a different location this year since the last venue didn’t allow growth. Along with a change in location, the name of the event also changed.
“The last three years we’ve had it in the lower valley, but it didn’t last. It was hidden with very limited parking. We can’t call it Arts in The Valley anymore because it’s not going to be in the valley, so we came up with this name, Arte Con Corazon.”
Hurtado looks forward to the event this year and hopes to have more students participate in following years as a chance to showcase their work and to be involved with the community.
“A lot of artistic classmates are real timid and shy. It’s hard for them to get out there. I see myself as a scout to find up and coming talent,” explained Hurtado, “Their tongues are kind of hidden. It’s a chance for them to showcase their artwork while helping the foster unit. Everybody gets something out of this win-win situation.”