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Drury Graduate Students Reach Out to Springfield’s Homeless

For Immediate Release: June 16

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Rebecca Burrell, Ed.D.
Education Faculty and Consultant
(417) 873-7349
E-mail: rburrell@drury.edu

OR

Adam White
Drury Graduate Student
(816) 522-1825
E-mail: awhite05@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 16, 2009 — For the ninth straight year, Drury graduate students are partnering with The Kitchen, Inc. to create and inspire art with residents of the Missouri Hotel.

The artwork produced by Missouri Hotel residents, a shelter for homeless women and children, will be shown on Friday, June 19 at the Missouri Hotel from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The theme of the art show is “I Am More Than You See,” and the pieces are focused on what makes each person unique.

The graduate course, Building Community Through the Arts, is designed to offer students an approach to creativity in everyday living and learning, while giving students the opportunity to make a difference within the Drury neighborhood by introducing residents of the Missouri Hotel to visual arts, music and literature. “It’s the art of living well through creative engagement,” says Dr. Rebecca Burrell, Drury adjunct instructor of education. Besides the opportunity to work with the Missouri Hotel residents, students gain an understanding of visual and performing arts while also examining poverty in America.

“Some people who are less fortunate need some confidence and encouragement to get on the right path to put their life together,” says Drury graduate student and former Panther basketball player Adam White. “I believe our class is an effective way to help people get started. Not only can we help them build their confidence, but we can help them bring out hidden talents that they might be able to use in their everyday lives.”

Other graduate students taking the class are: Robin Carver, Joyce Ishaku, Amit Mehra, Lisa Smith and Jacque Trtan.

The art show is free and open to the public.

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