In today’s post, I am highlighting a wonderful charity co-founded by a very talented friend of mine; FLITE: Friends Lifting Individuals To Empowerment. FLITE’s mission is to inspire and channel the hopes and dreams of others around us by harnessing the power of artistic expression and using it to empower enslaved, unfairly encumbered, or socially excluded people. Art is FLITE’s essential vehicle to raise funds, awareness and action for the social transformation and human development of those in need.
The Art of Freedom Art Show is FLITE’s second annual family friendly event happening on Saturday, November 9th in the Dallas Design District featuring amazing work of artists from all ages. I am honored to be on the host committee for this wonderful event that will be donating all proceeds to help fight human trafficking.
FLITE: Friends Lifting Individuals To Empowerment
THE FLITE STORY: It started and continues with a dream, the strength of self-esteem, the power of expression, the beauty of love and the freedom to magnify all three. This is FLITE’s mantra. Its spirit. Its dream.
Underlying FLITE’s dream is that everyone deserves happiness and personal freedom regardless of age, gender or nationality. Art is a powerful medium that provides individuals the opportunity to reflect, build self-esteem and interpret their unique stories. The organization’s founders searched for a way to inspire and help others realize their dreams.
FLITE to Freedom was thus born in 2015 and the butterflies are continuing to be created!
2019 Art Of Freedom Art Show
FLITE’s second annual Art of Freedom Art Show and reception will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5 pm until 9 pm at the Lawley Art Gallery on Dragon Street in the Dallas design district. It will feature amazing works from artists of ALL ages and spotlight aspiring musicians from the Dallas area. Many artists will be on site to share their work and their passion.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Mosaic Family Services which aids victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. The statistics are staggering and experts place the number of human trafficking victims between 21-29 million people, which means that more people are enslaved today than at any point in history.
Last year when Don and I attended the show, the owner of Lawley Art Gallery, Tanner Lawley, painted a gorgeous piece of art during the event and it was auctioned off that evening. It was a breathtaking experience to say the least! Please join me in supporting FLITE and The Art of Freedom this year by attending this fun, educational, moving and VERY HIP art show. It is an experience you do not want to miss and I hope to see you there!
Angela Mia De La Vega co-founded FLITE and is a beautiful soul both inside and out. Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become the recognized trademark of Angela’s figurative bronze sculpture. Her work’s greatest inspiration is the ever-changing individuality of her children. Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain. She is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and was named a Living Master by the internationally prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center). Major awards include Best in Show and Best 3D Work by AWA and The Purchase Award by the ARC Museum. Her sculptures are installed in numerous universities, hospitals, public parks and city plazas throughout the USA and privately collected throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Dubai, India, China, and Japan.
For those of you local to Highland Park, a few of Angela’s stunning bronze sculptures can be seen along Turtle Creek and Beverly Drive near Armstrong Elementary. You can view Angela’s website here.
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