The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

February 5, 2014

Our View: A work of honor

— Today, in a small ceremony in the rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, applause will be heard for a group of heroes who rarely are considered as such in their own communities.

Members of this select group have been chosen because they make the arts happen. Among them is Meg Bourne Hulsey, of Joplin, who uses art as a channel for children to foster creative growth and creative healing.

Hulsey will be one of the recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards presented today by the Missouri Arts Council and the state of Missouri.

Hulsey uses art to help change lives. At age 19, she started Art Feeds, a program that helps give all children access to artistic activities, whether it be drawing, painting or dancing. You may remember that she was a finalist in VH1’s Do Something Awards in 2012 and NBC’s 2012 American Giving Awards.

Hulsey found a way to give back, and she has continued to use her talent to do that with her mobile Art Feeds bus.

Art Feeds conducts weekly lessons for more than 4,000 elementary students and was an invaluable provider of therapy after the 2011 tornado.

You will find Hulsey at Joplin’s Third Thursday Art Walks, out in the community creating public murals and at special events.

Heroes in our community can be found everywhere. Today, one of them will receive her recognition with this distinguished award.

Congratulations, Meg Bourne Hulsey.

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