Artist reaches out to Ugandan children

Painter Ross Bleckner traveled to Uganda on an official United Nations mission, where he worked with children who were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army. The New York Times reports:

Using thousands of dollars’ worth of paint, brushes and paper shipped from New York Central Art Supply in the East Village, Mr. Bleckner, 59, worked with a group of 25 children — former abductees and ex-soldiers — for more than a week at a Roman Catholic aid center. The
children made 200 paintings that will be sold at a benefit at the
United Nations headquarters next month at which Mr. Bleckner will be
appointed goodwill ambassador.

He said that after several days of teaching them rudimentary
painting and drawing skills, many began to open up to him and to create
work that powerfully expressed their experiences. … “What this mission
accomplished is what I call microcreativity,” Mr. Bleckner wrote in a
catalog of the children’s work. “It is a personal interaction which
gives someone the tools to create something that they can be proud of,
and which can help them on the arduous path to restoring their dignity
and sense of self-worth.”

See a slideshow of the children’s work here.

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