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Wall of Courage Exhibit at Seaside Institute

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What: Wall of Courage Exhibit at Seaside Institute
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Seaside Institute

Please join us on Saturday, April 29 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Seaside Assembly Hall to view the WALL OF COURAGE by artist Heather Haynes, benefiting NDOTO.. The Wall of Courage will be on display April 27-29 (10am-5pm).  Come out to meet the artist and view display.


Wall of Courage is a monolithic art installation that captivates the viewer at first glance. The sheer magnitude compels a closer look that grabs your heart and squeezes, making you feel emphatically human. Wall of Courage is a sobering instrument of humanization that is thought provoking, sometimes hard to look at, and beautiful beyond words.


For 3 years, Heather Haynes worked to create Wall of Courage, a monolithic installation depicting 80 orphaned Congolese children. This flagship piece of Haynes’ art is the culmination of 20 plus years on a creative journey that has taken her to the some of the world’s most grim and turbulent places. Faced with a life changing decision to turn a blind eye or look straight into the face of tragedy, Heather found her courage, turned to the sky and pleaded with the universe, “Use me.”  From that day forward Heather has been using innate gifts of compassion and artistic ability to try to create a positive change in the world of some of the most vulnerable people on our planet.  Alongside the creation of the art, Heather has been instrumental in a community empowerment project in Goma that includes a home for orphans, a women’s training center, an agriculture project and a new school.  The unique aspect of this community project is that it incorporates safe, easy access and walkability for the Congolese tenants, some of the key design elements of new urbanism.


Shay Bell worked on Scenic Highway 30-A for more than 10 years, serving as General Manager of Fish Out of Water and the Private Beach Club at WaterSound for St. Joe Company. In January of 2011, she visited the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for the first time as a volunteer English teacher. Later that year, she moved to Africa and founded One Ndoto Inc. This April, Shay Bell returns to our beaches with artist Heather Haynes to share The Wall of Courage with The Seaside Institute.


Presented by Anne Hunter Galleries of Seaside, Florida.


The Seaside Institute helps people lead interesting rewarding lives. Our mission, unchanged since 1982, is to help people create great communities. We catalyze civic engagement as a strong voice of our extended community and by bringing arts and culture to our community. We extend the New Urbanism frontier by recognizing, teaching, and promoting New Urbanism and by globalizing world-changing strategies like mobility, sustainability, and aging in place.

The Seaside Institute Studio hosts workshops, symposia, and small group meetings. The Seaside Institute Assembly Hall is home to design charrettes, classes, and large group meetings. The Seaside Institute Academic Village, located in the civic heart of Seaside, provides a contemplative center of learning and quiet accommodations for participants in Institute programs. Read more about Seaside Institute and see stories and photos at Groups & Orgs.  Follow Seaside Institute on Facebook for updates on workshops and events.

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