an annual fundraiser to celebrate the arts

benefiting serenity mesa youth recovery center
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the beginning

Recovering addicts have tremendous strength.  Recovery isn’t for the weak of will. Pessimism gets you nowhere. Before they leap, defeat will make them retreat. Never doubt yourself because doubt leads to defeat.”
– Stephen Cianciabella

Stephen is one of many who despite their countless, noble attempts, lost the battle with heroin. Soon after, his mother Susan became a member of Healing Addition in Our Community (HAC) – a group of mothers, grandparents and other affected family members who had also experienced the heartbreaking loss of a loved one and were dedicated to broadening the treatment of addiction and bringing awareness to the community.

Arts for Hope and Recovery was born as Susan’s way of honoring her son, along with other creative young men and women who are lost too early. Stephen’s passions included skateboarding, dancing ballet, street art, painting, reading philosophy and writing poetry. Each year we celebrate those passions with a night of music, dance, poetry, live art, local food and auction. All proceeds go directly to HAC and Serenity Mesa transitional living center.


serenity mesa

In May of 2015, HAC achieved a major goal by opening Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center in southwest Albuquerque.  It is a comprehensive center, where there is extended time for recovery, educational classes, exercise, life skills, yoga, art and most important, community. They provide scholarship money to adolescents who would otherwise, not have the ability to continue their journey through recovery.


Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advocacy and raising awareness regarding adolescent substance abuse in New Mexico. The primary goals are to provide young people in New Mexico education about substance abuse issues and deliver effective, long-term treatment options to those struggling with addiction issues. Visit HAC’s website.

2019 program

Date/Time – Saturday, October 19, 2019, 6-9pm

Location – Las Puertas Event Center

Emcee – Carlos Contreras

Live Music – Shane Wallin

Aerial Performance – Albuquerque Circus Group

Live Art – TBD

Featuring Gourmet fare by your favorite local restaurants


Early Bird tickets available through September 10th when prices will increase to $50 and $60 for open and reserved seating, respectively. If you buy more than one reserved seat we will put a table together for you and your party. Thank you!