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Art for Darfur to Host Preview Night at Southern Methodist University on Saturday, March 20

Art for Darfur will kick-off its 2010 event season with a Preview Night at the Southern Methodist University Hughes-Trigg Auditorium on Saturday, March 20, from 7-9 pm. The event will feature a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and a spoken word performance paired with a live, reactionary painting by a DISD fifth grade student. Original artwork created by fifth graders and Hotchkiss and Rice Elementary schools answering the question, “If you were a peacemaker, what would you do to bring peace to Darfur?”will be on display, as well as selected pieces to be featured at Art for Darfur’s silent auction night April 17. Donations taken during the evening benefit the local activist group Texans Against Genocide.

“We are fortunate to live in a city where there are more people and groups wanting to creatively express their passion for bringing peace to Darfur than there is time in one evening,” explains Lilly Neubauer, a volunteer with Art for Darfur. “Adding a Preview Night to this year’s fundraising season gives us another night of talking with the community and a chance to show our patrons how much we’ve grown this past year.”

An example of Art for Darfur’s growth is the 2010 Imaginative Learning Darfur Art Residency that partnered with local non-profits Big Thought and Today Marks the Beginning to bring guest speakers and art supplies to DISD Hotchkiss and Rice Elementary Schools. Students were told about the lives of Darfurian refugees and asked to make art pieces answering the question, “If you were a peacemaker, what would you do to bring peace to Darfur?” The original reactions have exhibited at SMU’s Doolin Gallery and the South Dallas Cultural Center, and return to SMU for the Preview Night.

Art for Darfur is a movement in Dallas of students, artists, activists, faith communities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations who recognize the power of art to raise funds and awareness for the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. For more information, please visit www.artfordarfur.org.

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