GIVING: Local nonprofit HopeLink gathers range of artists to help fight against poverty
– Guests of the HopeLink of Southern Nevada’s second annual Art with a Heart fundraiser should expect to be greeted with a compelling and provocative mix of performance, visual and culinary art, say event organizers.
“We’re stretching the canvas of the art world this year,” said organization Executive Director Karen Kyger. “Performance art…interaction…hands-on experiences with art and artists…these are the kinds of experiences people will spend $50 for and, in the process, be moved by the embodied messages within, unique to the HopeLink creed, cause and purpose.”
The Feb. 27 fundraiser in the Sun City Anthem Ballroom is the primary source of donation revenue for one of the state’s most active charities that benefit people struggling with homelessness and poverty, and will feature live performance art, caricatures, photographs, celebrity quick draws, special guests, and live and silent auctions.
“It’s hard keeping up with the momentum of this event as we approach the day,” said Kyger, who is overseeing the auction with a small committee. “It seems everyone is now wanting a piece of this event, either as an artist, artisan, invited guest or sponsor.”
Artists to be featured at the 2015 Art with a Heart include Los Angeles-based painter Jennifer Main, whose vivid-hued, stylized figurative work often contains narrative underpinnings, and Monterey Roseman, a northern California-based sculptor who specializes in the practice of stacking rocks into intricate monoliths.
Guests can watch multi-discipline artist Robin Barcus Slolina transform human figures into living works of art during the event and see Benedikt Negro of Cirque du Soleil’s O pantomime to music the life of an abandoned senior citizen.
Local muralist Laura Balch will create an oversized puzzle painting to music depicting a common scenario of the impoverished population served by HopeLink.
Ten highly regarded local restaurants will feature culinary artists, each providing a custom palette of specialties, and elaborate desserts to be provided to guests exclusively by Freed’s Bakery.
HopeLink is a state-designated Family Resource Center that operates on donations from individuals, corporate giving, foundations, grants and annual fundraising events — like Art with a Heart — with the goal of moving people out of poverty and into self-sufficient living. The Henderson-based charity operates on only ten percent of donations, dedicating 90 cents of every dollar to assist local individuals, families and seniors with housing, food, medical, employment, shelter, utilities, rapid re-housing, and homeless assistance programs. The organization was recently named “Outstanding Non-Profit of 2015” by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce.
“Change their normal” is HopeLink’s mission, a simple slogan developed last year that embodies the attainable idea that a dedicated few can change the direction of so many whose idea of what’s normal means living at lower standards than their untapped capabilities might otherwise suggest.
The Feb. 27 event will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sun City Anthem Ballroom, 2450 Hampton Road. Dress is casual. Tickets can be purchased for $50 at bit.ly/HLart. For more information visit link2hope.org or call (702)566-0576. | iH
Don Miller contributed to this article.
This piece was featured on page 18 of the January 2016 issue of Inside Henderson Magazine.