Art exhibit celebrates wishes of older adults

The Center for Practical Bioethics, a Kansas City-based nonprofit recognized for its work in practical bioethics throughout the United States, is introducing a new fundraiser in partnership with the debut of a local art exhibition.

Titled Art of the Wish, the special one-night event on Thursday, May 12, will raise money for the Center for Practical Bioethics, and includes a personal meet and greet with the artists as well as choice of two sessions featuring either appetizers or desserts.

Artists Andy Newcom and Marn Jensen are the creators of the art exhibit. They asked more than 200 older adults throughout the United States: What is your wish for yourself, for your family and for the world? Then, they created artwork based on these conversations and wishes. The exhibit will be featured at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Gallery in the Kansas City Crossroads from March 4 through May 27.

“These incredible works of art and the stories that accompany each piece convey some of the same values as the Center for Practical Bioethics and in such a powerful, creative and impactful way. We are thrilled to be able to showcase the exhibition to our longtime donors and new supporters as our annual fundraiser,” John G. Carney, president and CEO of Center for Practical Bioethics.

Art of the Wish

Event: Art of the Wish
Date: Thursday, May 12
Location: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
Address: 2012 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri

Two sessions:
5:30 to 7 p.m. – Hors d’oeuvres
7:30 to 9 p.m. – Dessert

Cost: $100

The Center works to protect the interests of those who are typically overlooked – the elderly, poor and minorities. That’s why the leaders at the Center knew the exhibition would be the ideal fit for a 2022 benefit event.

“We anticipate that everyone who experiences Art of the Wish will come away with a deeper appreciation for the wisdom of people who have lived long lives and the value of human connection. We also hope all of us will be able to turn those feelings into acts of listening, caring and kindness,” Carney said.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the Center’s services that assist patients, families and providers make critical healthcare decisions and continue programs to promote ethics and equality in health and healthcare for all.

For sponsorship information, please contact Cindy Leyland, vice president of operations and fund development, at

Art of the Wish honorary co-chairs are Norberto “Rob” Ayala-Flores and Sue Seidler Nerman.


The Center has been raising and responding to ethical issues in health and healthcare since 1984. The Kansas City-based nonprofit applies bioethics to real-life experiences of patients, providers and policymakers throughout the region and nation. The result:

  • Better physical and mental health outcomes
  • Stronger providers and organizations
  • Communities with greater understanding of their rights and choices in health and healthcare

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