Sunday, June 10, 2012

Uplift-ing Art

Uplift Students’ Creativity Inspires Heartland International Health Center.  In keeping with their tradition of reflecting the communities they serve in every way, Heartland International Health Center (HIHC) has transformed the look of its 845 W. Wilson site, with the help of Uplift Community High School students and other talented local artists.  Recent artwork of nearly thirty students was selected for hanging on the previously barren walls of this clinic.  These pieces were part of a project of Art Class 1 of teacher Laura Mulkoff, herself an Uptown resident, using vivid colors with fellow students shown in a variety of action poses.

The students, who were recently honored at a reception held at the site on May 15, had a chance to see their work on display, win some raffle prizes and enjoy delicious refreshments provided by several local businesses.  Twelfth grader Kaliyah Jones [pictured above left] was very pleased, saying “This is cool, that someone would actually consider our work.  Who would think a group of high school students would be acknowledged like this? It really gives the waiting areas character and makes it feel real homey.” Ninth grader Xuan Huynh [pictured above right], one of three sisters who’ve attended Uplift since 6th grade, agreed, commenting, “It was an honor to have my worked picked out of all the classes.  There was some beautiful artwork, and I feel honored to know I had a contribution.”

Ms. Mulkoff was equally enthusiastic, observing, "This is a great way for the students to see that the community supports and appreciates their art.  I could tell the students felt pride seeing their work displayed in a public place."

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