Thursday, August 23, 2012


Rocinha, Brazil, a book of photography which will be launched at 3:30 pm on Saturday, August 23, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hamshipre Street, will fund future art classses in Brazil.

Announcing the release of the new, highly-touted hardcover photography book by longtime Lawrence artists Sarah Stern and Gary Mark Smith. The book is about what life was like in the largest favela (slum) under gang control in Brazil, just before it was pacified and occupied by troops in November of 2011.

The public is invited and encouraged to see the portfolio of images from the book, enjoy a talented musical duo who will entertain with their infectious world rhythm, and taste scrumptious Brazilian delicacies. This event is the artist's way of celebrating a unique benefit project that has culturally linked Lawrence, Kansas to Favela Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This event is free and no purchase is required, however, all proceeds from the sale of the book (100% of the profit) will be donated back to the favela to fund a season of free art classes for teenagers living there during August of 2014.

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