Mountain View Voice

News - November 29, 2013

Art and heart

Local children's art show seeks to inspire children to change the world

by Nick Veronin

The stars of a local art show have been thinking about changing the world — and acting on it, too.

On Nov. 23, a group of children gathered to in the upstairs nook of Red Rock Coffee to debut their Hope Boards Project — a series of paintings made by early-elementary-aged kids depicting the change they'd like to see in the world.

At the event, the children, their parents and other community members packed up care packages. Event organizer Lisa Burns dubbed them "Heart to Hope Bags," which were filled with art supplies and other activities for children, and will be sent to areas in the Philippines impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.

Burns, whose organization Heart to Heart With Art, organized the event, and said it aims to build the self esteem of the children who participated, as well as to get them to think about the world at large.

The kids were asked to paint pictures of themselves that represented something they'd like to do to help make the world a better place. The pictures were created over a series of local events, where youngsters were invited to come and paint, Burns said.

Many of the children who came to the painting events were timid at first, Burns said. Some said they didn't know how to paint. But in the end most did paint. The lesson, according to Burns, was that artistic expression is not a right reserved solely for those with refined skills. Anyone can paint, she said.

As for the art supplies, they will travel to the Philippines with Palo Alto-based Dr. Enoch Choi and the charity Jordan International.

The idea with the care packages, Burns said, was to show the children in the Philippines that "somebody is thinking about them."

Before having the children pack the bags, Burns asked the children at Red Rock what sorts of things they would miss most if their home or school was suddenly swept away.

The art show, located in the upstairs nook at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., will run through the new year.

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