Art with Heart, a Seabury Hall student-run philanthropy club, will hold its third fundraiser showcase at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the new Seabury Hall Auli'ikohunua Creative Arts Center in Makawao. All the proceeds go toward Art with Heart's work providing clean water in Third World countries.
The show, called "Transitions," begins with a gallery showing of painting, photography, drawing, and design created by the visual artists in the club, and at 7 p.m. live performances of music, dance, and poetry readings will begin.
Select pieces of art will be sold through a silent auction.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children 5 and younger are free. They are available for presale by calling the Seabury Hall box office 573-1257 or visiting the web site www.seaburyhall.org/ and will also be available at the door on the night of the show. Besides art, there will be T-shirts, bracelets, and refreshments for sale.
Through the organization's two benefit shows last year, Art with Heart raised a total of $8,456. These funds were used to construct a water catchment and filtration system in an orphanage in Uganda through the nonprofit Peace for Paul and at a school in Kenya, through the nonprofit Build Africa.
Locally, the club spreads arts and creativity to young people on Maui. Last year, it established a program at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center. Twice a month, student volunteers did art projects with the kids living in the shelter. The club also teamed up with Best Buddies, an organization that works with special needs children, to put on art days for them.
"This is my favorite part of the club and perhaps the most important because of the lack of arts in public schools in Hawaii right now," said co-director Ariella Brandon.
"It is also the most rewarding to go down to the homeless shelter and see the grins on the kids' faces as they run up to greet us and find out what kinds of supplies we've brought to create with that day," added co-director Mackenze Tezak.
This year, the club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 by the end of the year. It is looking into a school in Nicaragua through Outreach 360 and day care program in Peru that a Seabury Hall student visited last summer as two candidates for donations.