Shine Global held a benefit screening and art show at the National Arts Club in New York City on Monday May 12th, 2014 with Producer Albie Hecht, Executive Producer Susan MacLaury (co-founders of Shine Global) and Inocente Izucar, the artist and subject of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning short documentary, in attendance. Produced by Shine Global with Salty Features and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, Inocente is the inspiring coming of age story of a 15-year-old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her — her dreams do.
Now 20 and no longer homeless or undocumented, Inocente has spent the last year traveling with the film and speaking about the importance of arts education. She’s finally had the time to create a new body of work to present at her second New York City art show. Upon viewing the recently created work Dianne B. Bernhard, Director of Fine Arts at the National Arts Club remarked, “Inocente’s work is fresh and original and the hottest pop art produced by a young artist today.”
Shine’s special event marked the first day of the National Arts Club’s “Inspiring Arts Education” exhibit running from May 12-17, 2014. In addition to the exhibit of Inocente’s new art work, the week also included exhibits by the young students of Rudolf Steiner School, Marte Valley High School, and Broome Street Academy, many of who are homeless or come from challenging circumstances. Broome Street Academy provides services through its partner program The Door to more than 11,000 young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including health care, education, and arts education. Inocente also ran a mural workshop with the students of Broome street Academy on Wednesday.
Shine wants to thank all of our supporters who were able to make it to this special event and Inocente Izucar and the National Arts Club for putting on such an incredible art show.
All donations to Shine Global are tax-deductible and go to support Shine in its mission to end the exploitation and abuse of children worldwide through the production of films and other media that raise awareness and inspire change. Upcoming films include the exciting sports action and music documentary 1 Way Up in 3D, which just premiered at the Montclair Film Festival and will be released in the UK this summer, and Selling Our Daughters which is currently in production. Past films include the Oscar®-nominated War/Dance and The Harvest (La Cosecha). To make a donation click here. To learn more about the film Inocente and to find out how to host a screening in your community visit www.inocentedoc.com.
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