Art League teams with Habitat for Humanity

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The Lexington Art League has partnered with Lexington Habitat for Humanity for a project geared toward the children of Habitat clients.

“Lexington as Home” is a 15-week project in which instructor Michelle Zendarski will help children of families who are buying homes through Habitat explore their identities in their families and neighborhoods and express them through works of art. This is the second edition of the project. Last year, 10-children participated in the project that resulted in an exhibit of their works at the Mayor’s office.

“Although LHFH’s mission is affordable housing, we do more than build and sell houses,” Rachel Smith Childress, LHFH executive director, said in an Art League news release. “We serve families – providing extensive adult education which will help them be good homeowners. We also want our families’ children to grow up with an appreciation for owning their own homes. Our partnership with LAL has provided us with a unique opportunity to teach them about homeownership in a context which is not only fun, but taps their creative spirits and teaches them the importance of expressing themselves in productive and beautiful ways.”

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that helps families in need purchase simple, affordable homes that are built through the efforts of professional and non-professional volunteers as well as the families themselves. Homeowners are required to take a course in responsible home ownership, and Lexington as Home is billed as a complementary program to those courses.

Exhibition dates for the current project have not been announced. For more information, contact the Art League.

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