Castellani Art Museum Exhibit Showcases Work of Heart, Love and Soul Guests

April 10, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

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In conjunction with the presidential inauguration of the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., the staff at the Castellani Art Museum created an exhibition that celebrates Niagara University’s relationship with Heart, Love and Soul, a food pantry and dining room located in downtown Niagara Falls.

Along with providing food and clothing to those in need, Heart, Love and Soul offers nursing and social work services, as well as art-making workshops that encourage guests to express themselves and explore their creativity.

A selection of those works was on display in the Castellani Art Museum through Monday.

Note cards depicting illustrations by the artists are still available to purchase in the museum, with all proceeds supporting the work of Heart, Love and Soul.

“This collaboration reinforces the message that Father Maher delivered during his inauguration on Friday, that Niagara University is steadfastly committed to helping the poor and, more importantly, finding ways to alleviate poverty in Niagara Falls,” said Kate Koperski, director of the museum.

Niagara University entered into a formal agreement of cooperation with Heart, Love and Soul in February 2009 based on the organizations’ mutual commitment to providing aid and support for those facing the challenges of living in poverty in the City of Niagara Falls.

Since then, the university has devoted human and monetary resources to Heart, Love and Soul, which has served the underserved since 1982.

Additional information on Heart, Love and Soul can be found at

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