KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Unseen Lives: Humanitarianism in the Third World, an art exhibit by Missouri artist Matt Appling, is coming to Kansas City’s historic Crossroads Art District. The free event will open on First Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Beggars Table Church & Gallery.
Unseen Lives will expose the exhibit’s attendees to the realities impoverished communities experience every day. The art was inspired by Appling’s travels to Uganda and Rwanda with Christian humanitarian organization World Help.
Proceeds from the exhibit’s sales will support World Help’s humanitarian development projects, especially in Uganda and Rwanda, where the organization works with orphans, refugees and children at risk.
“Unseen Lives is an invitation to walk the streets of the third world and experience what life is like for an orphan or a refugee,” said Appling. “I want people to come face to face with the reality of what life is like for these children, and I want them to come out of the exhibit inspired to make a difference for someone who is in need today.”
Vernon Brewer, president and founder of World Help, thanked Appling for his support and commended his commitment to advocating for orphans and refugees.
“Matt Appling has been a faithful friend of World Help, and we are delighted he’s using his gifts to inspire others to humanitarian action,” said Brewer. “Through combined efforts like these, we can provide food, water, shelter and, most importantly, hope for vulnerable children and families across the world.”
After the initial launch of Appling’s Unseen Lives, the collection will be on display at Beggars Table Gallery throughout October and November.
Promotional artwork of Appling’s exhibit is available here.
World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. Since its inception in 1991, World Help has delivered humanitarian aid to more than 79 million people in 70 countries.