Artists Andy Newcom and Marn Jensen created the exhibit “Art of the Wish,” showcasing the wishes of elder Americans, now on display at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
The two spoke with 200 older Americans and created more than 50 pieces of art based on those conversations, creating a body of work that incorporates a variety of media, including repurposing found objects. Newcom and Jensen hope the exhibit inspires others to converse more with an elder.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center will host a fundraiser for the Center for Practical Bioethics, a Kansas City-based non-profit. The event on May 12 will include a meet and greet with the artists. There are two sessions, featuring either appetizers or desserts. For more information about the event, visit practicalbioethics.org.
In the announcement, president and CEO of Center for Practical Bioethics John G. Carney said, “We anticipate that everyone who experiences Art of the Wish will come away with a deeper appreciation for the wisdom of people who have lived long lives and the value of human connection. We also hope all of us will be able to turn those feelings into acts of listening, caring and kindness.”
The Center for Practical Bioethics works to “protect the interests of those who are typically overlooked — the elderly, poor and minorities,” said the release. Proceeds from the event will go toward assistance for patients, families and providers making critical healthcare decisions, as well as continue to support programs to promote ethics and equality in health and healthcare for all.