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Oglethorpe museum, alum artists join Buford Highway ‘Holiday Healing’ event

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art has partnered with several local nonprofits, schools and businesses to host “Holiday Healing,” a food distribution and student art event on Saturday, Dec. 12 — just in time for the holidays.

This event is being held during a time of unprecedented food insecurity nationwide and seeks to support Brookhaven’s Buford Highway community. In addition to the distribution of food and other necessities, the event will feature a surprise visit from Santa, distribution of holiday gifts and coats, and a give-away of 500 art projects by local student artists.

“We are super excited to showcase the talent and artistry from our students from Chamblee HS and area DeKalb County Public Schools. We will be displaying pieces in booths and work on a piece in progress for a unique, experience for all to enjoy,” says Kim Landers, an art teacher at Buford High School and the organizer of the student art exhibit.

Oglethorpe alumni Chrysta Avers selling art at an event

Oglethorpe alumna Chrysta Avers with her art

The Oglethorpe Museum is providing display materials in support of the exhibit and has invited several recent alumni to participate. Abbie Argo ’18, Chrysta Avers ’20 and Rebecca Rikard ’19, who have been working as artists since graduation, will have much of their recent work on display.

“OUMA decided to participate because of our commitment to the wellbeing and enrichment of the community both on and off campus.” says Museum Director Elizabeth Peterson says about the community-focused event.

Oglethorpe’s museum works often with WeLoveBuHi, the local nonprofit that is putting on the event, as part of its involvement in the Buford Highway community. This event is part of WeLoveBuhi’s larger, year-long initiative “Feeding Families of Buford Highway.”

“We are committed to addressing the pressing strains and stress around hunger,” says WeLoveBuHi executive director Lily Pabian. “Our goal is to impact, at minimum, 500 families a month for one full year.”

The “Holiday Healing” event is an excellent opportunity for residents of surrounding neighborhoods to come together and support one another during the holiday season. Stop by this Saturday to see representatives of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art participate in this community event and to support the university’s neighbors!


Holiday Healing: Comfort for Community; Food Giving & Student Art Exhibit; Saturday, December 12; 10 AM - 3 PM; Northeast Plaza 3303 Buford Hwy, Suite 200 (Inside PCX)

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