Local 11-Year-Old Takes On Homelessness In NWA


With homelessness becoming more visible in Northwest Arkansas, one boy is painting his way to making a difference.

“Local Color Studio & Gallery” in Fayetteville is partnering with an eleven-year-old to help those who can’t help themselves.

KNWA spent the day with him and he showed us what inspired him to think beyond himself.

“I just see people that are homeless around the streets and just felt really bad,” 11-year-oldHenry Whisenhunt said.

He’s using his passion for painting as compassion for the homeless. 

“I’m just like painting to like raise money for like the homeless to buy them items that they might need and just raise money for the shelter.” Whisenhunt said.

Henry is creating artwork that will be on display at “Local Color Studio & Gallery” in Fayetteville.

His pieces will sell for between 20 to 25 dollars, and 100-percent of the proceeds will go toward the the Seven Hills Homeless Center.

Henry is hoping to  purchase sleeping bags, socks, and create toiletry packs for the homeless of Northwest Arkansas.

“Before he starts to paint he kind of gets in this mode and gets ready, and so I think thats really cool to have somebody who was already before he knew it was going to make a difference, he knew he was going to make a difference already, like he already knew I’m doing something,” Owner of Local Color Studio & Gallery Alex Cogbill said.

Henry said he hopes to keep this going and continue to help the homeless when he grows up.

His artwork will be sold for one day only on Saturday, February 25th from one to three in the afternoon.

Tomorrows event is part of a larger series of events called “Color For a Cause.”

They’ll be hosted every month at “Local Color Studio & Gallery” in Fayetteville.

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