On April 27 from 3 - 6 p.m. Happy Hearts and Nossi College of Art will host The Project Paradox Art Exhibit at Rumours Wine Bar in The Gulch. Happy Hearts is a nonprofit born in 2011 during a visit to the epicenter of Somalia, when reportedly the worst famine in history was unfolding. Since that time, Happy Hearts has given millions of meals, blankets, tarp covers, medical supplies and toys on top of starting a children’s home and school for war-orphaned boys in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Happy Hearts has also started trauma therapy groups, incorporating the use of art and play for those affected by war and disaster in this area.
Happy Hearts wanted to partner with Nossi College of Art because of our mutual value placed on the power of art and using artistic talents to change the world.
"It is always great to get students involved in Nashville's nonprofit Scene," said Libby Funke Luff, student activities coordinator at Nossi. "Nonprofits don't always have the budget to hire a creative artist. We help provide the assets, and nonprofits like Happy Hearts provide the experience students need before they graduate."
Although there is no cost to enjoy The Project Paradox Art Exhibit, we are accepting donations at the door. All of the students' artwork will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the efforts of Happy Hearts specifically to help launch the first public playground and community center in Somalia's capital.
This event will feature breathtaking art, sangria and hors d’oeuvres as we join together in bringing art and laughter to war torn areas of the world.
Sample artwork from Nossi students coming soon.