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Art&Soul of Oakland County says
Art&Soul will be hosting its grand finale as a pop-up event. A traveling monthly photo exhibit is part of Art&Soul's mission to activate a movement and a shift in thinking about foster care children. Art&Soul partners with award winning photographers to capture the soul of the hardest to place: older children looking for a forever family. Jext Telez, a Detroit based guitar effect pedal company, has donated 10 music pedals for 10 Detroit-based artists to customize for the April 29 event. Save the date and plan to see art, bid on a one of a kind music pedals, meet amazing artists, the featured children and enjoy live music from Greater Alexander.

Pedal Visual Artists include: Emilie Beadle * Taurus Burns * Scott Campbell * Adnan Charara * Franklin Jonas * Desiree Kelly * Malt * Paula Schubatis * Karianne Spens-Hanna * Tead * James A Willlis/ NYC|Nashville

Art&Soul photographers: Linda Solomon * Ara Howrani * Eric Perry * John Osler * Linda Shinkle Rodney & Ted Shinkle * Austin Santangelo * Lisa Spindler * Rashaun Rucker * Heather Saunders * Jim & John Carlson

Art&Soul, a grassroots non-profit started less than 2 years ago, is the brain child of Melissa Parks -a mother, artist, art teacher, and social entrepreneur. Since May 2016, Art&Soul set out to increase the rate of adoption in Michigan in the Foster Care and Adoption system- and they did! This couldn’t have happened without the support of our community! The BEST NEWS- many of the featured children in the traveling photo exhibit and booklet have been placed with pre-adoptive families! Because of people that care, many doors opened making possible the POSITIVE change for children's futures. For both the 2016 and 2017 editions, 100% of the highlighted children have been touched in some way by our community. There are 13,000 children in foster care in the state of Michigan with 800+ in need of a forever family.

Jext Telez enjoys international success by bringing classic rock fuzz sounds into today which is based on a famous Beatles guitar sound. Its founder, Bob Ebeling, created the “blank canvas” products that are the focus of these 10 Detroit area artists for these one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork.

Melissa T Parks, founder and CEO of Art&Soul, shares that, “Together we can build a movement where our community takes action and I truly believe “Every Child is a Work of Art.” In an effort to broaden the reach for 2017, Art&Soul has partnered with Orchards Children’s Services, Judson Center, and 18 award winning photographers to feature 20 older foster children looking for a forever family.
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