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MNU Students Sponsor 2nd Annual Art Show Benefit for the Homeless

For the second consecutive year, a group of MidAmerica Nazarene University students will hold an art show benefit for Artists Helping the Homeless, a non-profit organization assisting the homeless in the Kansas City area. The students organize and execute all aspects of the art show with the objective of assisting homelessness issues in Kansas City, as a part of their public relations class.

"This is service learning at its finest," says Dr. Mark Hamilton, professor of the course. Hamilton organized the class into three groups led by seniors, Kelly Lawler, Emily Taylor and Becky Stude to manage the different aspects of event planning such as promotion, event logistics and donations.

The free event is open to the public and will showcase both local and non-local art that will be sold at prices suitable for all budgets. Many styles of professional art will be presented, such as: ceramics, printed digital art, sketches, paintings, photography, screen prints, and other art forms. All proceeds gained from the event will be donated to Artists Helping the Homeless.

The art show will take place on April 15from 6-9 p.m. in Olathe and will be hosted at Heartland Community Church. Located at 12175 S. Strang Line Road, Heartland provides an exceptional facility for the art show benefit, according to Lawler, a senior graphic design major from Omaha, Neb.

“Heartland’s atrium is open and airy with a two-story skylight that allows natural lighting to enhance anything displayed there,” Lawler says. “It’s going to be a fantastic venue for this art show.”

The Art Show is seeking professional and local art to sell as well as financial donations to help fund this event. Those interested in donating to the cause should contact the art show team via email at Additional event day information about the second annual The Art Show will also be updated on Facebook.

Artists Helping the Homeless is a non-profit public charity organization that provides care to the homeless community in Kansas City in several aspects. They partner in a pilot homeless program with St. Luke’s Hospital to provide transportation to shelters and other resources. They also raise money through art to provide meals to the homeless community, and shelter and assistance to those desiring a new beginning in life.

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