This art show is our most special yet! We’re featuring art produced by the kids of Foster Pride, a New York charity that provides art programs, scholarships and mentoring to kids and teens in foster care.
Did you know that 50% of foster children don’t graduate from high school? And statistically, as many as 7 out of 10 of them end up homeless. Lynn Schnurnberger founded Foster Pride to teach these kids skills, give them confidence and create opportunities for them, so that hopefully their odds of succeeding will improve.
I love that art and creativity can help make a positive difference in these kids’ lives.
When I lived in New York, I had the privilege of helping to facilitate a few of the “Creative Connections” art workshops conducted during parent-child visits. During one of the classes, a couple of siblings treated us to a dance performance that their mom had choreographed. It was so much fun to see, and lovely to think of the mom dancing with her kids. I still think of them.
Each year, Foster Pride holds a “Show ON!” exhibition of the children’s works. The shows are a big deal for the kids — they get to experience seeing their work framed and shown at places such as the plaza at Lincoln Center or the concourse at Rockefeller Center.
Here’s a collaborative collage created by the children for the prestigious Lever House Gallery.
Below are details from a Bronx mural was painted by middle school and high school students on one of the walls at GSS Burnside, a foster care agency.
We’re so pleased to share a selection of the children’s work from Foster Pride.
Foster Pride’s upcoming benefit is at New York’s Standard Hotel on September 29, 2015. If you’re interested in attending, donating, or would like more details about their programs, check out their website. Thanks to Lynn Schnurnberger and the kids at Foster Pride for sharing their work with Kid Can Doodle.