The Cat was officially let out of the bag this morning as this article: ((http://journalstar.com/niche/neighborhood-extra/news/artist-to-create-glass-mosaic-at-gateway-mall/article_4d9548be-a3de-5eef-a053-d2f2cbc6b086.html) hit the newpaper today talking about a 16 day art project at Gateway Mall entitled "16 Days of Hope." Starting July 9 thru July 24 (16 days) I will be working to create a large scale mural of this sketch.
The mural is being created to bring awareness to Lincoln-based non-profit Hope Venture. thehopeventure.org
Hope Venture works inside the countries of India, Kenya, and Uganda helping to meet basic and educational needs through local businesses in these countries. The organization has partnerships with locals and seeks to bring a better way of life for an entire community. Hope Venture is partnering with Gateway Mall -- where this event will be held and at the end of the project's journey it will be on permanent display near the Cookie Company entrance of the mall. The mural will be completed on October 21st at The Night of Hope fundraiser event at Chet Hay in downtown Lincoln. That night a small version of the mural will also be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the work of Hope Venture. One amazing fact about the Hope Venture is that 100% of what they bring in for projects goes to the projects they support. There is a totally separate path to give to in order to support their staff. The mural and the name of the event "16 Days of Hope" are inspired by the story of a young gal who committed suicide over a mere 16 cents - the money it would take for her to purchase a notebook and pencil to attend school. Many of us in the USA have that amount of money rolling around on the floor of our vehicle or stuck in our couch cushions. That was heart-wrenching and inspiring to me. Inspiring because it means that it doesn't take much to make a HUGE impact and that anyone -- even the "poor" in our country can make a difference on the other side of the world.
So that's the next path I'm on. God has put me here, I am sure of that and I look forward to what He has in store and who He will have me meet along the way. If you want to follow the process - things kick off at 11:30 am on July 9 at Gateway Mall and the public will have the opportunity to place pieces on the mural. Then follow me on Facebook and on this blog as I plan to keep it updated throughout the process.
And I'm requesting prayers for stamina, for myself and the Hope Venture volunteers who will be out at Gateway everyday throughout the event. Also for protection for the people placing glass during public working times.
Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.