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Courtesy of Lindsay Lewis

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Homegrown Art

The festival brings a hodgepodge of artists to Mojo's this Sunday.

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When: 4 p.m. to midnight, Cinco de Mayo

Where: Mojo's

Tickets: $5 minimum donation

Looking for a way to bring out your inner artist while giving back to the community? The Homegrown Art Show might be just the thing you need.

The festival's creator, Lindsay Lewis, says the event is about spreading awareness for child abuse and neglect. Rainbow House is a local shelter that houses abuse victims. All proceeds from the festival will go to Rainbow House, Lewis says.

Lewis and co-planners Mattie Darden and Kyle Coggins have ties to the arts community here in town, and plan to showcase their talents at the show. Lewis will have her own art on display, and Darden will play the opening set.

"We are putting on an event that we want to go to," Lewis says.

Homegrown Art's planners want everyone to have a good time. Twenty of the showcased artists will have also have work for sale at Mojo's. Eight bands, including Mary the Giant, The Thin Dimes and Mind at Large, will provide the night's entertainment. Darden says the bands donated their time.

The festival will also feature a blacksmith (who's bringing his own forge), author and face painter.

"It is a huge collaboration of the arts and music community to put on this event that a lot of people in Columbia will embrace and attend, hopefully," Lewis says.

In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Pepe's Food Truck will cater. Mojo's will also offer margarita specials.

"People who enjoy this arts community will enjoy the event," Lewis says. "Come enjoy an afternoon and night full of music and food."

The event, which started as just an idea eight months ago, has become the festival it is today with the help of the "older and wiser" community members. This is the first event for Lewis and her co-planners.

Lewis and the others have had struggles trying to get this event off the ground but Lewis says it's "a rewarding struggle."

"Literally seeing this tiny little seed of an idea grow up into this huge event is miraculous," Lewis says.

Lewis, Darden and Coggins will not make any money off this event, but Lewis says that was a personal choice. Instead, all proceeds will go to Rainbow House.

They did not set an exact fundraising goal, so you can feel free to give whatever you like. Every little bit counts — if they raise $500, then Rainbow House can buy diapers, Lewis says.

Lewis wanted to support Rainbow House because she wanted to spread awareness about child abuse and neglect and the fact they provide a shelter for the victims.

"I know, personally, (child abuse) is a big issue," Lewis says.

Lewis decided after the fact to support a charity with her art show. Darden says she has gotten more out the experience by helping Rainbow House.

"It means more to Rainbow House than our wallets," Coggins says.

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