My senior thesis art show marked the end of collegiate studies. Though I am thankful it is finally complete, I am more thankful that all of the hard work on the project paid off in the form of visitors having genuine emotional reactions to the work that, Lord willing, will inspire them to take action, to make decisions that will effect children’s lives for the better, and in some cases, provide comfort to those who are already in the thick of foster care.
Below is the statement that accompanied the show, photographs of the installation, and the webpage containing statistics and information about how to get involved.
Mike and Sharon Gravelle adopted eleven children from foster care. After several years, authorities discovered that eight of these children were kept in cages built of wood and wire for hours and days at a time. They were made to eat in the cages. They were made to sleep in the cages. An alarm would sound when a cage door opened.
Although a growing number of individuals and families are stepping up as advocates for reform, advocates for children, and as true parents to the nation, there is still much work to be done, much darkness to be exposed, and many souls to be comforted. Let this show be a memorial to the children who have been harmed and lost by the foster care systemin the United States and a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of children served each year.
“The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes – a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power.”
— DALLAS WILLARD, THE SPIRIT OF DISCIPLINES