“Soul Art is artwork from the souls of kids who have been victims of child abuse, children with significant disabilities and kids who have not experienced the love of family.”
Running from 13th to 31st August 2007 at Fed Square, Melbourne – with future displays in Geelong and Sydney – the exhibition will provide tens of thousands of visitors to Fed Square with a glimpse into the lives and emotions of some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged kids.
When words aren’t their friend, art can be the only way to express themselves. Through paints, pigments and canvass, these kids have expressed their inner most bits — the bits that hurt, the bits that are jagged, the bits that are healing.
In painting an artwork, these kids have given something positive a go. In seeing their artwork displayed — both in the exhibitions and on these pages — they’ve been acknowledged. And they got something back: self worth.
MacKillop Family Services is running the show to engage our support for their MacKillop’s Champions Program.
“For some kids, there are no easy choices. Life is one serious hassle after another. It’s natural to think it would not happen in your family. Or could it? …What sort of choices do kids have?”
“I was having problems with my Mum, so I started ditching school. It all went down hill from there. I started hanging out with the wrong people… taking drugs, stealing and begging in the streets. Pretty crap choices, eh.” (Amy’s true story).
For nearly 150 years MacKillop’s has cared for kids who can’t live at home, disabled kids and families who are homeless, disadvantaged or experiencing problems with substance abuse.
“We don’t ‘do it for them’. We work with them, guiding them to improve themselves. We support the disadvantaged emotionally and physically. This is where you come in: you can partner with us in a number of ways — sponsor some art supplies, give from your pay, fundraising, getting your boss involved… the ways are as different as our kids’ needs!”
MacKillop’s believes many business people want to make a real difference for families and children in need. They ask if you one of them?
You can make that difference by becoming a MacKillop Champion… a supporters’ club with a difference. You’ll be giving kids choices by providing much needed resources, you’ll have good business networking opportunities and your business will be publicly recognised.