Art auction held to raise funds for HIV prevention and research
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Works of art by renowned artists such as Tamayo, Toledo and Cuevas as well as pieces by local artists Mariló Carral and Gilberto Guerrero were auctioned off by Fundación México Vivo (Mexico Alive Foundation), a nonprofit organization made up of entrepreneurs, intellectuals, artists, communicators and young volunteers concerned with decreasing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Before the auction, held at Rosewood San Miguel, the foundation’s director, Jorge Ortiz Monasterio, said that the artists are concerned about this problem and donated their work to be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction will be used partly for operating expenses for the organization and a percentage will be donated to the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases to be used for HIV research.
México Vivo has a variety of programs aimed toward decreasing the spread of STDs and HIV. One of those programs, Generación Viva (Alive Generation), focuses on educating teenagers enrolled in public junior high and high schools. This program consists of workshops in which the students are shown short films on sexuality that provide information from experts about a healthy sexual life as well as information about risks, treatments and methods for detecting diseases. In San Miguel, according to the representatives of México Vivo, talks and workshops were held in two public high schools (Cecyteg and the Instituto Sanmiguelense) and they received a request from the Cecyteg to offer their workshops with the students for a week.
In 2012, the organization visited 106 public schools and educated128,000 students on topics related to sexuality. This year the goal is to talk with more than 5,000 students. In San Miguel, they might start working with CASA (Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende).
The México Vivo Auctions are held four times a year. In the previous auction the organization collected 2.5 million pesos, and organizers said that in San Miguel their expectations were to make at least 1 million pesos. For more information go to www.mexicovivo.org.