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Kid smART Fundraiser 

Dedicated to helping children learn about themselves and their world through art, Kid smART is a 7-year-old nonprofit organization that is expanding its programming to help children cope with life in New Orleans as it rebuilds. Local artist Terrence Osborne (work pictured) will be the featured guest at its annual fundraiser this Thursday at the home of Jill Dupre and Josh Mayer. Entertainment will be provided by the NOCCA ensemble, and Joel Catering will provide the food. Kid smART sponsors programs in visual and performing arts as well as poetry and circus arts at many area schools, summer camps and other sites. Through expression in the arts, kids improve valuable life skills like teamwork and creative problem solving as they build self-esteem, pride in accomplishment and self-discipline. Since Katrina, Kid smART has served seven new schools and created an art-focused summer camp in the Seventh Ward. Its programs place artists in schools for projects lasting anywhere from 4 months to one year, plus there are after-school programs and joint activities with local visual and performing arts institutions. Tickets can be purchased at the Kid smART office at 1910 Clio St. or over the phone. Tickets range from $75 to $500 for the patron party. -- Will Coviello

6:30 p.m. Ð 8:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 9

2835 Esplanade Ave., 410-1990; www.kidsmart.org

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