Renowned muralist Judy Baca recently conducted an art workshop for 10 local foster care children at the Social and Publics Art Resources Center (SPARC) in Venice, as part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association’s national effort to offer foster children an opportunity to share their experiences as foster children and learn how to express themselves through art.
The works by the young people, who range in age from 13 to 18, will be featured at a gallery reception and art auction at Tamayo Restaurant in Los Angeles on April 28. Money raised at the auction will benefit the local foster care artists, and the artworks will be displayed throughout Los Angeles as part of the May Foster Care Awareness Campaign.
Nearly 30,000 abused and neglected children are under the Los Angeles Dependency Court’s jurisdiction. CASA recruits volunteers to help place children into safe, loving and permanent homes. For more information on how to become a CASA volunteer, please call (888) 414-CASA or (818) 414-2272.The National CASA Association is a non-profit organization that provides training, technical assistance, research, media and public awareness services to over 930 programs nationwide. CASA works with state and local volunteer programs to promote and support quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home. Founded in 1977 by a Seattle judge, CASA uses trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of foster children in court. Learn more about CASA by visiting www.nationalcasa.org.