Deadline approaching to create mobile art classroom for at-risk Lexington kids

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If a group of University of Kentucky graduates don't have $8,000 by Sunday at midnight, their hopes for a mobile art classroom for at-risk kids will be lost.

Josh Nadzam is heading up a campaign, through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, to turn a vintage 1969 trailer into a mobile art classroom for low-income, at-risk children in Lexington. The group is about $1600 away from their goal. "The pressure is definitely on," said Ben Mason. Mason, along with about ten other graduates, was recruited by Nadzam to help raise money for the trailer remodel. "A great, small, passionate group of people," Mason said.

The goal of "On the Move Art Studio" would be to take the refurbished trailer into low-income areas of Lexington and hold art classes.

"Art allows you to tell your story, which is so important because a lot of times our kids aren't heard," explained Aurelia Emerson. Emerson grew up on Ohio Street in Lexington and is now a part of the campaign to bring art to her neighborhood. "They need somebody to believe in them, to believe that they are smart and that the world is so much bigger than this neighborhood."

If the group hasn't raised $8,000 by Sunday at midnight, all money will be returned to those who donated.

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