National Foster Care Art Exhibit

May 17, 2006

In celebration of May as National Foster Care Month, actress Victoria Rowell will host the, “Passion Tour Art Series,” a collection of found-object pieces - at Wheelock College on May 17.

The “Passion Tour Art Series” – and the accompanying reception series that features the artists from foster care – have provided the backdrop for the official East Coast launch of National Foster Care Month, for which Rowell serves as the national spokeswoman.

The arts are an important part of Rowell’s foundation, the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP) which provides scholarships in ballet, fine arts, and sports, as well as internships for foster youth transitioning to independence. “Studies have shown that children who are exposed to the arts and team sports at an early age acquire life skills that will be instrumental in their personal growth and development,” Rowell says. “These disciplines transport children away from their unstable lives to a place where dreams are born.”

The exhibit is the creative result of workshops that were conducted by acclaimed artist Phoebe Beasley in Los Angeles and Boston.

Each work of art is as unique as the youthful artist who created it. Some are made from photographs and wisps of cloth, others from bits of broken toys, CDs, diary pages, or other symbols of young lives that are themselves a collage of often-unconnected experiences. Each of the works is presented in shadow boxes provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation through Casey Family Services.

Wheelock College will present Rowell with an honorary doctorate degree at its commencement ceremonies on May 19.

At each of the exhibition sites, the student artwork will be offered for sale in a silent auction to support RFCPP’s work.

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