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Event will get people moving on Saturday

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By Mary Barczak

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A new unique fundraising opportunity is coming to Frank E. Simon Park, one that Shepherdsville artist Austin Whitely hopes “will get people moving.”

“Two things that make us human are creation of art and charity,” said Whitely. “We’re combining these human qualities on Aug. 16.”

The founders of the Homegrown Art, Music and Spoken Word Show have teamed up with a substance abuse prevention non-profit Color Your City, Inc.

The organization was started in 2011 to try and bring awareness and counseling to students at local high schools.

Homegrown co-founder Bobbi Buchanan said they hope to offer people the tools they need to “create art” and express themselves through this partnership.

“We want to provide channels for healing and the possibility of new life,” she said.

There will be a 2-on-2 random basketball tournament called “Poetry in Motion” at the park from 2 to 6 p.m.

All ages are welcome to participate.

Sign ups begin at 2 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 entry fee. Early sign ups cost $15 can be done at newsoutherner.com and by clicking the Color Your City tab.

Half of the proceeds will go to the winning team and the other half will benefit  Homegrown Show artists and open mic participants.

Local artists will also be present to display their artwork as well as local bands such as XX4ii and Dylana Music playing original songs.

“We want Bullitt County to have an atmosphere that welcomes the arts and has a home for them,” Whitely said. “Many times, I’ve heard of people relocating to a better ‘scene’ to help their endeavors in an artistic realm, whether it be for visual art or music. “

Other projects the Home Grown effort is working on include setting up a pen-pal program with inmates at the Detention Center and offering free community art, music and writing workshops for those 18 years and older.

For more information about the event contact Whitely at 224-8090.