Children affected by HIV/AIDS showcase art in McClelland Art Gallery

"If HIV were an animal, what would it look like?" Kids from Camp Kindle answered this and other questions with crayons and markers. Their artistic answers are displayed in the McClelland Art Gallery until March 19.


LINCOLN—Camp Kindle HeartArt, a collection of works by children affected by HIV/AIDS, is being showcased in the McClelland Art Gallery from Feb. 23 to March 19.

On each easel is a colorful representation of a child's world: some happy, some sad, all hopeful. The accompanying descriptions put observers in the artist's shoes. One of the artists, 11-year-old Reina, includes a letter to HIV with her artwork entitled "Change":

"How dare you take so many lives of so many wonderful people. My best friend is always scared that I'm gonna leave her. Sometimes I'm scared too…"

This is McClelland Art Gallery's first show of children's art and is a collaboration between Camp Kindle and the minnow PROJECT.

The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.

See what other exhibits are scheduled in the McClelland Art Gallery. For more information on HeartArt, visit To learn more about Camp Kindle, visit