Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 21, 2005–Local foster children learned how art can uplift spirits and help build self esteem through an art project that had their work up for auction recently.
In recognition of May serving as Foster Care Awareness Month, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association and CASA of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Los Angeles Foster Care Awareness Coalition, recently hosted an art exhibition and live auction in Los Angeles.that benefited the young artists directly.
According to Jim Clune, chief communications officer for the National CASA Association, the art project was an effort to instill a positive outlook and form of expression, while raising awareness about the need to recruit bilingual volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children living in Los Angeles. There are currently more than 30,000 abused and neglected children living under the Los Angeles Dependency Court’s jurisdiction; more than 43% are Hispanic.
Renowned muralist Judy Baca helped local area foster children create their own “masterpiece” using mixed media, including acrylic paint and oil pastels. Baca, a Los Angeles Mexican-American artist is the founder of the Social and Public Art and Resource Center (SPARC) – an arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs about community-based public art works.
“Kids in foster care, more so than other children, have a lot inside of them and they need an outlet for these strong emotions,” Baca said. “I believe in the power of art and its ability to reach into the soul, liberate your feelings and ultimately allow you to connect with the world.”
About the National CASA Association
The National CASA Association is a non-profit organization that provides training, technical assistance, research, media and public awareness services to over 930 programs nationwide known by several names such as CASA. CASA works with state and local volunteer programs to promote and support quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home. Founded in 1977 by a Seattle judge, CASA uses trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of foster children in court. Learn more about CASA by visiting http://www.nationalcasa.org.
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