When planning her senior capstone project, Julianna Brown, a media communication major, knew she wanted to promote art and creativity and give back to the community by supporting Mark Twain Elementary (MTE) School’s art program.

When planning her senior capstone project, Julianna Brown, a media communication major, knew she wanted to promote art and creativity and give back to the community by supporting Mark Twain Elementary (MTE) School’s art program.

Brown planned an art fund-raiser and competition, called Reveal Your Inner Artist, for Monday, Nov. 28. She spoke with people in the HLGU and Hannibal communities and received 27 pieces of art to hang in HLGU’s Hagerman Art Gallery. Each piece was put up for silent auction with profits from the sale split 50/50 between the artist and MTE’s art program.

The competition raised $238, and sold 15 of the 27 pieces. Brown also set up a GoFundMe account that raised $470, bringing the total to $708 raised for MTE.

Cassie Sullivan, art teacher at MTE, is very grateful for the money raised. With a typical supplies budget of approximately 50 cents for each student, the art program will greatly benefit from Brown’s fundraiser.