It was a mammoth undertaking pulling together Artists For the Betterment of Kids at the Border, now in its second year. Austin oil artist Sandy Martinez worked diligently alongside Redlands, CA-based nonprofit The Artlands and East Austin creative space/recording studio The Electric Church to keep building momentum. Even in the days leading up to this weekend’s event, the Church featured social media profiles of the various Texas and California artists participating in the group exhibition – Dé Randle, Kime Buzzelli, Jenaro Goode, Lisa Alley (bassist from The Well, FYI), Joey Zazueta, Jina Imani, Pavel Acevedo, even Martinez herself. Visual art is a big part of the experience, bringing all eyes to an even bigger cause.
The benefit combines art and music in support of The Angry Tías and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, who in turn provide basic health and safety necessities to individuals and families seeking asylum along Southern U.S. borders. The huge art display can be seen inside the Church, 5018 E. Cesar Chavez, while live music is on the outside stage. Catch sets by Being Dead (graciously covering a last-minute Holy Wave cancellation – due to the arrival of a new family member), Urban Heat, White Dog, Croy and The Boys, The Rotten Mangos, The Honey and Aux Cutter. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
AMM May 14 2022
Artists For the Betterment of Kids at the Border benefit, Sat. May 14 at The Electric Church.