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Art By Coalition Children is a unique program at the Coalition for the Homeless that pairs professional artists in the community with children living at the Coalition.
Often struggling with low self-esteem due to their circumstances, the Coalition's children desperately need opportunities to express and discover themselves. The ABCs program creates a nurturing environment where kids learn about the arts and have the freedom to explore. The overwhelming result of ABCs has been an increase in the children's self-confidence.
The ABCs program began in October 2003 as a collaboration between the Coalition and individuals representing Central Florida’s art, business and education communities.
The program features many forms of art, including photography, acrylics, poetry, music, ink, sculpture, pottery, and drawing. Each piece is created under the direction of professional, volunteer artists.
The ABCs exhibit has been featured at prominent local venues like the gallery at Orlando International Airport, Orlando City Hall and Orlando Marriott Downtown.
For more information about getting involved with the ABCs program, contact ABCs@cflhomeless.org. Volunteer opportunities are available for artists, or people who just want to lend a helping hand.
If you would like to see what ABCs has been up to lately, click here to visit their Shutterfly site.