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During one of our CIG meetings, we left early as a group to go on a CIG field trip! We went to Uniontown high school because Becky invited the Invisible children roadies to give a presentation to the students. There are many different opinions on the invisible children and what they do. Bottom line for me is that they make people aware of what life could be like, and IS like for some in the world. It gets people thinking about their place in this world and what they can be doing to make it better. I’ve heard opinions say that it’s just a “trend” to post about/be a supporter of the invisible children. What is wrong with a trend where people are helping other people? Perhaps I’m ignorant to EVERYTHING that it is, behind the scenes stuff, what the culture really is like in Africa, Joseph Kony and what he does, but from what I experienced from the roadies, they’re missionaries with hearts to help.

Inquiring Hearts left a work day early to view a presentation held by Invisible Children roadies at the Uniontown High School.  Becky has an after school program where a group of students work to help raise money for the cause and gain more knowledge about the war in Africa.  I’m getting deeply involved this year and helping to plan a Music and Arts Festival this June with Becky and our friend and Invisible Children advocate, Kate Webster.  I’m also getting my school involved.  Kate presented a documentary about Invisible Children and we are making artwork to sell at the event.

The high school presentation was so moving.  A team of five roadies, three Americans, a New Zealander, and a woman from Uganda who escaped the LRA, came to speak to the high school.  They introduced the school to the Invisible Children cause and the video that went viral the next week.  The students seemed very receptive and we received a lot more interest for the after school program.

For one of our Arts Ed meetings, our group went to Uniontown High School to view a presentation on Invisible Children. I had some previous knowledge of the group, but had never seen a show before. Since we are Inquiring Hearts, part of our inquiry is how to use arts to make our world a better place. This was a perfect example because these young people used a video that was very well made to engage the audience in supporting their cause. It was amazing to see how the young people responded by filing out cards with their information and making a pledge to help support the campaign. In case you have never heard of Invisible Children, it is a movement to promote the arrest of a warlord in Africa who kidnaps children and forces them to become soldiers, killing even their own families and people from their villages. Every year, the high school club for Invisible Children brings the group in to present for the student body. After this, students hold an art market and have a concert to raise funds for the cause. It is a really powerful that students can get involved in a great way to support people from across the world that, though they have never met, they value and treasure their lives as human beings. For our CIG, that is what art is all about…supporting and giving hope, as more than just an art form, but as an expression of life.

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