The ART of BLESSING to be held October 4

September 29, 2009

The ART of BLESSING will be held on Sunday, October 4 at 3 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

The program will bring together three initiatives, including ART for AIDS, ART for DALITS and ART for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IWDD).

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

Part one of the program, ART for AIDS, will focus 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 will be in attendance and participate in the program.

ART for DALITS, part two of the program, will focus on the sister relationship with Christ University in Bangalore, India. Father Sebastian Mathai and Sister Jane from Our Lady of St. Marc will provide 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.

An intermission will be held following parts one and two, at which time attendees can gather information about the social entrepreneurship initiative. Horning’s development economics class will have greeting cards on display that incorporate artwork received from children and adults in Kenya and India. Students in his Seminar in Labor class will do the same with artwork received from adults and children from the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Other small products from the workshops will also be available for viewing.
Lastly, part three, ART for IWDD, will include a sing-a-long with participants from the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, including Higgins Workshop and the Whipple Dale Center and Southgate School. Each participant will sing the first verse of his or her favorite song and then the audience will be invited to join in the singing.

The event is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. For more information, contact Dr. Martin Horning at (330) 823-3269.

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