KAZ members partnered with Lush Art again this year for the second annual Canvas for a Cause.
Thirty-one KAZ members created paintings and then donated them to the Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. The theme this year for the paintings was “spreading sunshine.”
After creating the paintings, KAZ members went to the Children’s Hospital where they visited with the patients and delivered the paintings.
Cara Heard, owner of Lush Art, approached KAZ last year to implement the idea. Lush Art is a studio where people -- even those with no experience at all -- can come to paint and create. During a typical class, Heard has prepared canvases with sketches and then walked class members through the rest of the painting process step by step.
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KAZ is a high school service organization founded in 1983 by Mary Ann Branch Coskery. While the organization provides social activities for students, the main goal of KAZ has always been service to the community.
Alexandria Simonton, a senior at Veterans High School, was one of the KAZ members who participated in Canvas for a Cause.
“It was really eye opening visiting at the hospital,” Alexandria said. “They have kids there from less than a year old to my age. It was really refreshing to bring something to them, to help put a smile on their face because they are going through something right now that is really hard.
“We visited this one little 18-month-old girl, she was in a lot of pain. That was hard to see but it makes you thankful for the things that you have. Some of the kids don’t have visitors often and their parents were very grateful for what we did. It was really a blessing to have that opportunity.”