Made New Artist Brittany with her artwork

The Made New Arts Initiative held it’s first gallery show at Gallery Protocol in Gainesville Florida on June 9th.  All of the work was created by you in the Ignite Refuge shelter, as well as young men in the Alachua County Juvenile Detention.  Hilary White, fine artist, founder, and art teacher of the MNA program framed and shadowboxed the artwork, all of which sold.

White saw a need in her community for children in the Ignite Refuge shelter to have a positive outlet for their experiences as they were waiting to be placed with a family or reunited with their own.  Made New Arts has grown considerably since she taught the first art class in February of this year.  She expanded to the juvenile detention facility after a boy in the program was moved there.  Inspiring works of art have been created by these young people.  Many members of the community came to the one-night-only gallery exhibition to show their support, as well as the local news.

The program is sponsored by Partnership for Strong Families, Ignite Life Center, Shift Church (Gainesville) and International Fine Art Fund in Philadelphia.  On the Made New Arts website there is a wish-list for new or gently used art supplies, as well as an online donation supply registry.

Stephen Pennypacker from Partnership for Strong Families speaking to a local news reporter at the exhibition

Gallery Patron writes an encouraging message to the young artists

“Flying Pugs” by Grace


Jaheim and Stephen Pennypacker peruse the gallery

Abstract work by Made New Artist Leah

Artists Jaheim and Kendrick with Cassy from Partnership for Strong Families

See more photos from the exhibition here.

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Photos courtesy of Made New Arts