A unique art show benefitting young girls in Haiti is coming to Lancaster city. “For the Girls,” is an empowering evening of art dedicated to help raise money to purchase a new home for the girls at St. Francis Xavier Orphanage in Petite Riviere, Haiti. The event—held at Moira Lazarus Records and Juice Bar (112 West Orange Street)—will feature the eclectic work of local female artists, a raffle of local arts and goods, interactive art work, refreshments, an opportunity to engage with the story of the orphanage, a live DJ, and more.
Co-organized by local ladies Erika Firestone and Ashley Cleaver, the event will take place on September 9, 2017 from 6 to 10pm.
“This show has a global impact,” Erika says. “The money raised for the eight girls at the SFX orphanage will not only ensure they have a roof over their heads, but will also provide them with the safety and stability needed to continue their studies and work toward their dreams.”
There is a video on the event page of a young girl named Nadia singing and dancing. Another photograph depicts Berline, a young woman wise beyond her years whose dream is to become the president of Haiti. In the meantime, she is dedicated to her school work and enjoys dancing.
“‘For the Girls’ is a collaborative movement created by Erika and myself that has been fueled by the Lancaster community,” Ashley says. “We are raising money to provide not only housing, but to guarantee that each young girl at SFX orphanage is able to pursue her passions to the fullest which in turn helps guarantee a thriving future for generations to follow.”
Admission to “For the Girls” includes refreshments and various forms of entertainment for $20. The evening will include raffles from Maejean Vintage Jewelry, Cocoa Kayaking Float Yoga of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Passenger Coffee, and more. Rijuice will provide cocktails. And Ninkasi Brewing will provide craft beer.
Featured artists include Ashley Cleaver (photographer), Emily Truman (collage artwork and an opportunity for guests to create their own collage), Emily Lockley (ceramics), Meg Yoder (prints), Lauren Beauchner (oil painting), Ellie Miller (painting), and Christi Albert (organic skincare and healing tinctures).