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Art With Heart

Student-run philanthropy club helps people around the globe.

November 29, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Art With Heart, a Seabury Hall student-run philanthropy club, will hold its third fundraiser showcase on Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the new Seabury Hall 'A'ali'ikuhonua Creative Arts Center.

The club, co-directed by Ariella Brandon and Mackenze Tezak, brings together high school student artists to share original works of visual and performing arts with the community to make a positive difference in the world.

The theme of this year's show, "Transitions," signifies the shift from fall to winter, the adjustments taking place on our planet today, and the in-between stages where truth exists.

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Seabury Hall’s Art With Heart Club will hold its third fundraiser showcase on Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s new ‘A‘ali‘ikūhonua Creative Arts Center.

"Transitions" begins with a gallery showing of painting, photography, drawing and design created by the visual artists in the club. At 7 p.m., live performances of music, dance and poetry readings will begin.

Select pieces of art will be sold through a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward Art with Heart's work providing clean water in third-world countries.

Through the organization's two benefit shows last year, Art with Heart raised a total of $8,456. These funds were used to construct a water catchment and filtration system in an orphanage in Uganda through the nonprofit Peace for Paul, and at a school in Kenya through the Build Africa nonprofit.

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Locally, the club spreads arts and creativity to young people throughout Maui. Last year, they established a program at Ka Hale A Ke Ola resource center, where twice a month for four hours, they created art projects with the kids living in the shelter. The club also teamed up with Best Buddies, an organization that works with special needs children, to put on art days full fun for them.

"This is my favorite part of the club, and perhaps the most important because of the lack of arts in public schools in Hawai'i right now," said Brandon.

"It is also the most rewarding to go down to the homeless shelter and see the grins on the kids' faces as they run up to greet us and find out what kinds of supplies we've brought to create with that day," added Tezak.

This year, the club has set a goal of $10,000 by the end of the year. The club is looking into a school in Nicaragua through Outreach 360 and daycare program in Peru that a Seabury Hall student visited last summer as two candidates for donations.

"Come bask in the talent of young artists of Maui and help them make a difference in their world," said Brandon.

Besides art, T-shirts, bracelets and refreshments we be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to help meet the club's goals.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students; children 5 and under are admitted at no charge. Advance tickets are available by calling the Seabury Hall Box Office at 573-1257 or visiting Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show.



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