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REIMAGINE Project makes it annual return thanks to ArtsConnect

This fundraiser from Arts Connect sees the artwork of dozens of students reimagined into unique pieces by local artists.

An abstract painting featuring rows of houses, birds, and trees

“Love the World!” is a piece re-imagined by artist Graham Pohl. | Photo courtesy of Arts Connect

| Photo courtesy of Arts Connect

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This Friday., Nov., 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is another rendition of the LexArts Hop when dozens of galleries + businesses stay open late for the public to view art — for free.

While you’re out and about, be sure to stop by the Living Arts & Science Center for the opening of the REIMAGINE project — the unique fundraiser where local artists are chosen to “re-imagine” drawings submitted by local students.


REIMAGINE was started in 2014 by Lori Barnett, then executive director of Creative Alliance, and her daughter Grace. The now shuttered arts nonprofit ran the project from 2014-2019.

Last year, Arts Connect, an organization dedicated to arts awareness in the community, revived the project with the blessing and support of Barnett.

“We serendipitously bumped into each other at the Headley-Whitney Museum. I asked [Lori] if we could join forces and take it on. [ReImagine] is perfect for our spirit + mission,” said Kate Savage, Executive Director at Arts Connect.

A side by side of a drawing and a painted piece of art

Second grader Uriel’s piece (left) was re-imagined by Lennon Michalski. | Photos courtesy of ArtsConnect

| Photo provided by Arts Connect

How to see it

Stop by the Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., during Gallery Hop to view this year’s projects. The students’ drawings will be side-by-side with the re-imagined pieces.

By the numbers

  • 43 pieces of art
  • 11 different local grade schools
  • 32 participating local artists

How it works

The art is available for purchase via an online auction — bidding is now open. Each piece has a starting price tag of $100 + the minimum bid increment is an additional $50.

The proceeds will be split three ways — with the artist, Arts Connect, and the student’s school to support the arts program + art supplies.

The auction will end at the closing reception held on Friday, Dec. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. View the full catalog online.

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