The Hope Seekers Exhibition at Herron School of Art and Design

Slide1 Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 11.15.44 AM“Understanding and appreciation can only come about when the visual experience is internalized—when pictures and words move from paper to the gut and the heart, and the audience becomes sufficiently immersed in the experience to emerge from it transformed,” writes Cynthia J. Prime, CEO of Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach (SOHO).

“Hope Seekers” is a multi-partner exhibition featuring photographs of child-led households in Swaziland, where AIDS infects more than one in four people, making it the country with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world. The result is an exploding number of households headed by children, some as young as eight or nine years old.

The Hope Seekers Forum and reception has be rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 6:00pm at the Marsh Gallery. There will be light refreshments. The forum panelists will discuss issues surrounding child-led households and the impact of the AIDS pandemic in Swaziland, as well as the use of art to bring about social change.  Opening night is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs from February 5 through February 22.

The presentation of “Safe House,” reveals a life-size prototype Sustainable Housing Unit suitable for orphans and vulnerable children. The prototype was designed by students from the department of Interior Design at IUPUI, and built by a local Carpenters Union. “Safe House” showcases a student-driven solution to one challenge children of child-led households face, the need for suitable and safe housing.

The “Safe House” reveal and discussion of the Sustainable Housing Design takes place Tuesday, February 18 from 5:30-7:00pm. The program begins at 6:00pm and will feature IUPUI students and students from Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School discussing solutions that meet the needs of this population of children. The event is open and free to the public.

For event location and parking information visit IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design Hope Seeker Exhibition’s page here.

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