Art4aPurpose art show photo

Art 4 a Purpose held an art contest at CoMMA last year that highlighted the tragedy of child abuse through a variety of artistic mediums.

Art 4 a Purpose, an organization that uses art to help children heal from child abuse, has pooled the collective talent of area residents for its inaugural Community Strong Talent Show, which will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at CoMMA.

The show will feature artists of all ages acting, dancing, doing stand-up comedy and performing vocal and instrumental music. People also will showcase visual art, photography, crafts, baking and cooking during the event.

Cost to attend is $8 per adult, $7 for seniors and teens, and free for children under age 3. There will be a $25 maximum charge per four-member family.

The mission of the event is to raise awareness of child abuse and promote healthy families.

“We wanted to celebrate and showcase all of the arts, as the arts give people another voice to express what they might have a hard time expressing otherwise,” said Kimberly Lajzer, founder of Art 4 a Purpose. “What better way to be community strong then to share the strengths of a community. Bringing people together and strengthening communities is how we can prevent child abuse from happening. Communication and education is what its all about.”

Lajzer held auditions earlier this spring to encourage people to share their talents.

“With the dawn of technology, we were surprised with a small turnout of YouTube (videos) and thumb-drives,” she said. “We thought it would be easier for them to audition that way, however, it wasn't until we held real auditions at the Foothills Higher Education Center that people really began coming out. We are very thankful to everyone who auditioned and appreciative to FHEC for the space.”

Lajzer shared her excitement at the show’s lineup of talented performers.

"People will experience an evening of family-friendly entertainment like no other,” she said. “To open the show, we have a bluegrass band, The Greener Grass, with Frank Beam, David Wiseman, Sawyer Whitener, Kevin Beam and Travis Beam, with guest vocalist Sandra Bennett. They will play from 6-6:30 p.m. during a light reception. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., we will have a great variety of entertainment, (including) guest singer Michael Knowlls opening the show with a Ray Charles tune, "America." Then we have Taber’s Black Belt Academy doing a demonstration, a person doing voice overs, singers, magic, acrobats, gospel, country guitar, Eulalie - - a comedian and storyteller - - some more singers and a band. We have a half dozen visual artists and four culinary artists who will also be sharing their expertise.”

She encouraged people to attend and support the mission of Art 4 a Purpose.

“Sing along, dance, appreciate fine art, excite your taste buds and fill your senses,” Lajzer said. “It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there. Not everyone chooses to be an artist, but we need to appreciate what others can do. Come out, have a huge time and support a great cause to benefit the education of child abuse. We all need to be supported to be community strong. We need our lights to shine bright to take away the darkness.”

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