Annual Dinner & Art Auction

MēXico - Lindo y Querido

February 24th, 2024 | Warehouse 215 | Phoenix, Arizona

On behalf of the Xico board of directors and staff, we extend our deepest gratitude to those who attended and supported our 36th Annual Dinner & Art Auction on February 24, 2024. 

The success of the night far surpassed our expectations, with over 550 attendees and an astounding fundraising achievement of over $446,600 – marking our most successful event to date.  The generous purchase of art has played a pivotal role in advancing Xico’s mission to promote and sustain Latino and Indigenous culture through art, as well as to serve and elevate Latino and Indigenous artists.

We eagerly anticipate the pleasure of welcoming you once again in February 2025, as we celebrate Xico’s 50th Anniversary and honor Carmen and Zarco Guerrero as our 2025 Virginia E. Cárdenas Arts Advocate Award Recipients.  Your commitment to advancing culture, artists, and community is truly commendable, and we are deeply grateful for your ongoing partnership.

The Xico Board of Directors is proud to present the 2024 Virginia E. Cárdenas Arts Advocate Award to Ruben Alvarez. His impactful contributions extend beyond Xico to encompass roles in influential organizations, including CALA Alliance and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. As co-founder of Molera Alvarez, LLC, Ruben’s commitment to arts advocacy is complemented by his achievements in government relations. Recognized for his outstanding contributions, Ruben Alvarez stands as a deserving honoree, embodying the spirit of the award’s namesake, Virginia E. Cárdenas. Congratulations Ruben for your invaluable contribution to our community and the arts at large.


2024 Xico Arts Advocate Award - Ruben Alvarez

Ruben Alvarez

Paul & Flo Eckstein

Paul Luna & Gema Duarte Luna


The Hon. Janet Napolitano

Arizona School for the Arts

Amada Cruz, Director
Phoenix Art Museum

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

The Hon. Ed Pastor

Martín Moreno,

Benito Almanza,
Bank of America AZ

** Because of COVID, the award was not presented in 2021. However, Xico gratefully recognized the following organizations for their support, which enabled Xico to weather the challenges of the COVID shutdown: AZ Commission on the Arts, AZ Humanities, Helios Education Foundation, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, US Bank Foundation, and the Western States Art Federation.