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Loudoun County children channel COVID-19 frustrations into artwork exhibit

LEESBURG, Va. (WDVM) — The Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee (AAC) is featuring artwork created by students of vulnerable families in the community.

The paintings are flying off the walls, and cash into the pockets of young artists like David Mejia-Medina. His artwork hangs on the walls with a total of 19 pieces created by students ages 11 to 16 in an exhibit called “Youth Movement.”

“What inspired me is happiness, and I thought about my family… I just thought about the moments that I share with them,” said Mejia-Medina.

The exhibit features works of students at INMED USA Partnerships for Children, a non-profit organization aiming to build pathways for vulnerable children to achieve self-reliance.

“Sometimes, they’re dealing with things that are very hard for us to imagine. I just hoped that this helped them to stop thinking about survival and just about expressing themselves,” said Jennifer Smith, Director of U.S. Programs at INMED USA.

Enter the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee who is displaying the exhibit and Lisa Jones from the Loudoun Arts Council. Jones created the program to bolster confidence and constructive creativity in the budding artists.

“Once they stepped back and saw what they did, like David was saying, he was just proud, someone couldn’t believe they could create something so beautiful and these pieces are beautiful,” said Jones.

The pieces are selling between $35-$75 per painting, and half of the artwork has already been sold.

The student’s artwork isn’t the only exhibit on display. Gallery One is also featuring 24 ceramic bowls created by Loudoun potters to benefit Empty Bowls, to raise money for hunger relief in Loudoun County.

The exhibition will be on display until July 2. 

Loudoun County children channel COVID-19 frustrations into artwork exhibit

With a LOT of Help From Our Friends…

Families in need are surviving! The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the generosity of our community in SO many amazing ways. Our 2020 community partner network has exploded with in-kind and financial donations of everything from toilet paper and daily essentials for survival to laptops and hotspots to help families without access to computers or Internet ensure their children keep up with distance learning. Our Opportunity Center has become a hub of vital resources for children and families in need like never before!

A special shout-out to the Coder School of Ashburn, which has not only donated to our STEM program financially, but also has supplied laptops, scholarships and volunteers to help kids in our after-school academic enrichment program develop their IT and coding skills—and to owner Chad Hamel for joining our Board of Trustees. And to
Collins Aerospace and INMED USA trustee Versie Liles for supporting our after-school and STEM programs.
It’s also especially nice when community partners team up to help INMED’s program participants, like when Giant Food and Northwest Federal Credit Union team up with NOVA Diaper Bank to collect thousands of diapers for our COVID resource distributions at the Opportunity Center. In addition, Giant has donated 6 skids of toilet paper and NWFCU has collected coats, backpacks and school supplies. “My happiness comes from seeing that our neighbors in need are safe, well fed and educated,” says My Pham, District Manager of Giant Food (pictured above).
Here’s to a new year that brings health. equality and prosperity to everyone in our community, thanks to these amazing INMED community partners. Please click here to see all of our partners.