Art&Soul of Oakland County will be hosting its grand finale as a pop-up event on Saturday, April 29 at Galerie Camille, 4130 Cass Avenue, Detroit from 6-9pm. Art&Soul of Oakland County is about activating a movement and a shift in thinking about foster care children which includes a traveling monthly photo exhibit. Art&Soul partners with award winning photographers to capture the soul of the hardest to place: older children looking for a forever family.  The company, Jext Telez, donated 10 music pedals for 10 Detroit artists to customize for a fundraiser. Save the date and plan to see art, bid on a one of a kind music pedals, meet amazing artists and featured children and enjoy live music from Greater Alexander.

Art&Soul, a grassroots initiative started less than 2 years ago, is the brain child of Melissa Parks -a mother, artist, art teacher, and social entrepreneur. Since May 2016, Art&Soul set out to increase the rate of adoption in Michigan in the Foster Care and Adoption system- and they did!  This couldn’t have happened without the support of our community!  The BEST NEWS- many of the featured children in the traveling photo exhibit and booklet have been placed with pre-adoptive families! Because of people that care, many doors opened making possible the POSITIVE change for children's futures. For both the 2016 and 2017 editions, 100% of the highlighted children were touched in some way by our community. There are 13,000 children in foster care in the state of Michigan with 800+ in need of a forever family.

Melissa T Parks, founder and CEO of Art&Soul, shares that, “Together we can build a movement where our community takes action and I truly believe “Every Child is a Work of Art.” In an effort to broaden the reach for 2017, Art&Soul has partnered with Orchards Children’s Services, Judson Center, and 18 award winning photographers to feature 20 older foster children looking for a forever family.