As Mackenzie Thorpe travels to exhibitions across four continents, he has worked with children from all walks of life to help them express and better understand their adversities via interactive art workshops.
Children who have participated internationally include: private school children in Tokyo, inner city children in the New York City school system, autistic and dyslexic children in various care facilities, terminally ill children, Aboriginal children in the Australian outback, and countless other groups in small towns and cities across the US, the UK, Japan and Australia. At each art workshop, Mackenzie has commissioned these children to paint a heart, the universal symbol of love. A selection of these works have been curated from the hundreds of drawings created and will be exhibited for the first time in a unique installation within Mackenzie’s exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
While in Kansas City, Mackenzie worked directly with various youth groups and has generously pledged a portion of the exhibition proceeds to benefit these local organizations.