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Drury University and a Springfield homeless shelter brought hope to residents with creativity and the arts. Brett Moser reports.
At Friday's art show, eleven-year-old Daisy Ledered shared her poem "Wishes."
Daisy was one of many residents at the Missouri Hotel Friday afternoon who displayed their artwork, poems, and life during the Building Community Through the Arts show. The Missouri Hotel is the largest homeless shelter in the state.
The program was a partnership between Drury University and The Missouri Hotel. It's goal was to inspire and build self esteem among members of the homeless community. Eric Adams helped oversee the two week art class.
Residents created pencil sketches, dioramas full of photos, and collage sculptures depicting the positive elements of their life.
Daisy's story is reflected through the crayon drawings of her friends, interests and wishes. In January, her stepfather passed away, leaving Daisy and her mother Debi with no source of income. Friends told them about the Missouri Hotel where both Daisy and Debi found release through art.
Daisy says that inspiration for her poems and artwork came from her love of dancing, animals, and her mother's cooking. Debi finds it gratifying to know her daughter holds a passion for the arts. Debi says her own experience with the art class has been a form of rebirth.
I'm Brett Moser for KSMU News.