The Azul Arena Organization has been supporting artistic and sociocultural activities in the Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Border region since 2019 through its publication of the same name, fundraisers, exhibitions, concerts, art sales and video productions. In an effort to further support local artists and their artistic practices, the project has also created partnerships and collaborations with different local, national, and international organizations and institutions such as the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, Fusebox Festival, Crystal Bridges, the Kunsthal KAdE Museum, Rezizte, and the Instituto Municipal de las Mujeres.
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The Azul Arena Fund was created to support these activities, which are divided in two main initiatives.
First, Azul Arena Magazine is a printed and online publication created as a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work, document the contemporary arts through in-depth articles, and support the creation of work through commissions and collaborations. So far, four numbers have been edited into a free, full-color, 6.5 x 9” 40 page publication that is freely distributed regionally on both sides of the border. Support for the magazine helps cover the costs of writers’ fees, commissions, graphic design, printing, website maintenance, mounting costs, and refreshments.
Azul Arena Community Projects is a program developed recognizing the importance of local artists in the wellness of our communities as they engage in powerful social change and community engagement practices, which develop into specific projects that often lack an economic backing and a structural system to support them and lead them to fruition. Through the fund, we will continue supporting projects through their development, creation, funding and diffusion based on the necessities of each initiative. We are looking to support activities that are artistic and/or sociocultural, focus on vulnerable communities, incorporate a transversal approach to human rights, and guarantee integrity and ethical practices.
The Azul Arena Organization is co-directed by Anaid Fornelli and Edgar Picazo.
Anaid is a native of Ciudad Juárez, where she currently resides and works. With an educational background in Sociology and Public Action, her working experience has orbited around pedagogical researches, language, art teaching, and non-governmental organizations with a focus on social programs. She works full time as a community promoter for a Juárez NGO, and as a part-time English teacher.
Edgar is also from the border, currently splitting his time between Juárez and El Paso. With an educational background in Multidisciplinary Studies, Edgar has worked in the artistic field as an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and producer. He has collaborated extensively with local, national, and international artists as well as with many institutions and organizations across the border. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Azul Arena Magazine.
You can learn more about Azul Arena at www.azularena.org and may contact us at email@example.com
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