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One Hen Organization to Host “It Takes a Village”

The One Hen Organization, dedicated to empowering all kids to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world, will be hosting It Takes a Village on Friday, April 29th at the Wellesley Country Club.

One Hen’s primary fundraiser, this year’s It Takes a Village will feature live entertainment, a village marketplace offering fair trade items, a raffle, the opportunity to meet One Hen program graduates and award-winning local author Katie Smith Milway, upon which One Hen’s programs are built, and relaxed time to visit with friends—old and new.  Raffle items include a four-night trip complete with airfare and hotel accommodations in the Dominican Republic, Red Sox tickets, a weekend at the Huntington House in Stockbridge, VT, and a $150 gift certificate to DePrisco Jewelers. A generous donation from a local family foundation will match all funds raised.

Founded in 2009, One Hen is dedicated to developing and enabling young persons to solve some of the world’s most complex problems through the marketplace.  To date, One Hen has worked with schools, clubs, after school programs and summer schools to reach over 17,300 children and educators from 142 countries. Program partners include National Heritage Academies, BELL National and City Year. 

 “It Takes a Village” will be held on Friday, April 29th at the Wellesley Country Club. Admission is $75 per person; discounts available for groups of five or more. Tickets can be purchased online at http://oneheninc.org/itav.php.  For more information, please contact  Amma Sefa-Dedeh, Executive Director, at 781.235.3491.

Noble and Greenough School to Host Exhibit of Art from the South Sudanese Refugee Community

Noble and Greenough School will host a reception for the art exhibit, Between Worlds:  Art from the South Sudanese Refugee Community, on April 14.

 “This is an important body of work as it captures the experience of the South Sudanese people from the anguish of the country’s civil war through to the hope that is coming from the vote this past January that calls for South Sudan to become a free and independent country this July,” explains Morgan Henderson, a senior in high school from Wellesley and one of the organizers of the exhibition. 

 The vote is part of the 2005 Peace Accord that ended what had been Africa’s longest running civil war.  Sudanese at home and throughout the world are living between worlds as they move forward, hoping for a peaceful transition. More than two and a half million people have been killed and another four million displaced by this conflict.

 Most of the paintings in this exhibit were completed by displaced young persons and reflects their experiences of living between worlds:  worlds that contrast war and peace; village life and refugee life; family life and life as “lost” boys and girls; traditional and modern cultures; and life before and in anticipation of independent statehood.   “We hope that that the first-hand accounts of recent events in Sudan in this exhibition will also more deeply educate our community about the South Sudanese people and of the importance of supporting people’s desire for freedom while also preventing genocide,” explains Julia Weber, a senior at Nobles who has also helped to organize this installation.

 The exhibit includes 25 pieces from the Sudanese Education Fund’s permanent collection. The Sudanese Education Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the Massachusetts Southern Sudanese community in education, employment, and financial stability while promoting individuals to be productive members of the global society.

 The reception is free and open to the public and will take place in the Arts Center at Nobles, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, from 4-6:30 pm.  For more information, see www.nobles.edu/sudaneseart.

Between Worlds


Danversbank Honors Board Members with Art in Giving Certificates

Dansversbank is honoring and thanking its board members in a unique way this year.

It has purchased Art in Giving certificates for every member, who will select a piece of art from 15 galleries and studios on Newbury Street and Harrison Avenue, who have partnered with Art in Giving, LLC.

Wellesley Bank, Pinnacle Residential, and Gibson/Sotheby’s International are also clients of Art in Giving.  They honor board members, thank new home buyers and reward employees with certificates as well as decorate offices.  Fifty percent of proceeds fund pediatric cancer research and support programs.

Art in Giving is a corporate recognition company that combines the fine arts with philanthropy.