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The ART of BLESSING held October 4

October 6, 2009

The ART of BLESSING, a program that brought together three initiatives including ART for AIDS, ART for DALITS and ART for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IWDD), was held on Sunday, October 4 at 3 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

The ART of BLESSING, a social entrepreneurship initiative, was developed by Dr. Martin Horning, professor of economics, accounting and business administration at Mount Union, and his students. Alliance Ventures was a co-sponsor of the program.

ART for AIDS focused on the work of the Apostles of Jesus AIDS Ministry in Kenya and Tanzania. Two Apostles of Jesus from Tanzania and two Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Kilimanjaro spoke about the work being done for children who have been abandoned because of AIDS.  They also performed songs for the audience.  The theme for ART for AIDS was “Baraka,” which means blessed.    

ART for DALITS, part two of the program, focused on the sister relationship with Christ University in Bangalore, India. Father Sebastian Mathai and Sister Jane from Our Lady of St. Marc provided background information on The Centre for Social Action of Christ University and its work with Dalits, members of the lowest caste system in Indian society.  The theme for this part was “Namaste,” recognizing the divinity in each person.   

An intermission was held following parts one and two, allowing the audience to gather information about the initiatives. Horning’s development economics class had greeting cards on display that incorporated artwork received from children and adults in Kenya and India. Students in his Seminar in Labor class did the same with artwork received from adults and children from the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Part three, ART for IWDD, included a sing-a-long with participants from the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, including Higgins Workshop, the Whipple Dale Center, Southgate School and former residents of Villa Maria Home for Assisted Living. Each participant sang their favorite song and the audience was encouraged to sing with them.

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