Xavier holds an art auction on campus featuring African-themed art to benefit Darfurian refugees

Profits go to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society which provides aid to refugees in Chad | April 16, 2010

An auction featuring a variety of art genres and media, many of which center on an African theme, is being held at Xavier to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society’s work in Darfur refugee camps. The auction is on Thursday, April 22, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., in the Clock Tower Lounge of the Gallagher Student Center on campus.

The auction, hosted by the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Xavier’s African Student Association, Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Xavier’s Department of Art, includes glassware, pottery and other items. A preview mixer with refreshments begins at 4:30 p.m. Awards for an African-themed art competition are being announced.

“An historically black sorority and the African student society are using the vehicle of the auction to raise funds for a historically Jewish refugee organization that will spend every penny helping Muslim refugees from Darfur,” said Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement. “In a world as fractured as ours, that is a point of great significance.”

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society provides health care, shelter and rehabilitative services to the refugees now living in Chad.

The auction is the latest in a number of efforts to provide aid in Africa. In April 2008, Xavier’s Black Student Association and the Department of Art raised $2,000 to fund a full year of study for two victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The donation was made to Orphans of Rwanda International, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to genocide victims. In March, 2009, Ingber traveled to Darfur with HIAS president Gideon Aronoff. The photographs he took and those taken by the refugees themselves have been widely exhibited.