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Through a Drury University program, students are partnering up with The Kitchen, Inc. and homeless people staying at the Missouri Hotel to create and inspire artwork. KSMU’s Justin Lux visited the Missouri Hotel to get a closer look at the program.
The Missouri Hotel is a shelter for homeless women, families, and couples, but it also offers much more than that. Lynn Braxton is staying there for the time being. For talented artists like herself, it gives some a chance to experiment with their creative side.
“I do a lot of fantasy, the fairies, the pixies. I do mermaids, unicorns, dragons. I do animals of all sorts, just life in general,” Braxton explains.
Drury University’s Building Community through the Arts program has given Lynn the opportunity to discover her true passion.
“Basically I’m a sketch artist. Would love to be an illustrator for children’s books,” she says.
The program not only allows women and children to become inspired through their art, but it also gives Drury’s graduate students, like Scott Pearson, the chance to step outside of their comfort zones.
“Like the courses’ program title is, Building Community through the Arts, and it’s just an opportunity for graduate students to do something that they haven’t been able to do or something that they never thought of doing and I think it gives us an interesting and different outlet,” Pearson says.
The program, which is led by Dr. Rebecca Burrell, is designed to offer students an approach to creativity while making a difference within the Drury neighborhood.
The course concludes with an art show Friday afternoon at the Missouri Hotel from 1 to 3 and will be free and open to the public.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.