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Ten years of "Building Community through the Arts" at Drury University

For Immediate Release: June 15

Rebecca Burrell, Ed.D.
Education Faculty and Consultant
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Andrew Wall
Drury Graduate Student
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 15, 2010 – For the tenth 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 single females, families or couples, will be shown on Friday, June 18 at the Missouri Hotel from 1-3 p.m. The theme of the art show is "Your life is a masterpiece: What are you creating?"

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 is about the art of living well. Living creatively through art," says Dr. Rebecca Burrell, Drury adjunct professor 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.

"We hope that this art show will motivate the residents. Whatever they create is their art," says Drury graduate student April Hansen. "Whatever has been taken from them, they'll always have their art and that should inspire them."

Other graduate students taking the class are: Kelley Albers, Kelsey Brannan, Andrew Wall, Anna-Kay Robotham, April Hansen, Tonya Carlock, Rosario Keele and Angie Sachse. The art show is free and open to the public.

During the past decade, Dr. Burrell estimates that she has had about 70 students take the class and has worked with over 150 Missouri Hotel residents.



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