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Art for Darfur 2010: Local Artists Working for Global Citizenship

Art for Darfur 2010
Southern Methodist University
April 17, 2010, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Art can change the lives of its beholders and through Dallas organization Art for Darfur, it can better the lives of those across the globe as well. Art for Darfur 2010, a silent art auction also featuring multiple performance artists and speakers, will take place Saturday, April 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Bob Hope Lobby and Taubman Atrium of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts facility. Proceeds from the event benefit Darfur Peace and Development.

Art for Darfur is a movement of Dallas students, artists, activists, faith communities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations recognizing the power that art has to raise funds and awareness for global happenings. This is the group’s fourth year to auction art for a global humanitarian aid group.

“The crisis in Darfur is this generation’s holocaust, and Art for Darfur is an opportunity for the Dallas community to do its part in helping end the genocide,” says Tiana Lightfoot, founder and co-director of Art for Darfur. “At Art for Darfur we see people from all religious and political backgrounds come together in support of the same reasons – ending the crisis in Sudan and remembering that activism can be fun.”

Art for Darfur is a family-friendly event with free admission for guests under age 12 and children’s activities available throughout the evening. All guests will enjoy an interactive welcome by local group Drums Not Guns, musical performances by African Idol Maurice Kirya, coffee and desserts while perusing silent auction pieces. Director of Darfur Peace and Development, Susan Burgess Lent, will talk of her experiences in Darfur and developing the organization.

Featured at the auction will be art created by Hotchkiss Elementary fifth graders who were visited by Dallas non-profits Art for Darfur, Today Marks the Beginning and Big Thought for an art and human rights workshop. Working with materials used by Darfurian refugees to build temporary housing, the students created one-of-a-kind shadowboxes responding to the question, “If you were a peacemaker, what would you do to bring peace to Darfur?”

Admission to Art for Darfur’s April 17 auction is $5 for high school and college students with ID and $15 for adults. For more information, email ArtforDarfurDallas@gmail.com. Visit the Art for Darfur website at www.artfordarfur.org and follow the movement on Twitter at twitter.com/artfordarfur.

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